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Territorial imperative 

C.P.E. Bach and the Rebirth of the Strophic Song (Scarecrow, 
2003), by the recently retired English and music professor 
William Youngren, is a patio pavement stone of a book: 1 1 
inches tall, 8 3/4 inches wide, and 1 3/8 inches (518 pages) 
thick. Weighing in at just over three pounds of take-no- 
prisoners literary, musical, and cultural analysis, it is fur- 
ther flavored with sheet music reproductions, cascades of 
untranslated German poetry, long discursions on the prin- 
ciples of 18th-century aesthetics (Youngren's first academ- 
ic specialty) and philological sidebars (the distinction 
between deiritlich and dentliche turns out to be a matter of 

C.P.E. is in fact a reduction of the dissertation (975 
pages) that Youngren wrote for a doctorate in music he 
began working toward when he was in his mid-fifties and 
was awarded when he was in his late sixties. The book's the- 
sis, simply put, is that the second surviving son of Johann 
Sebastian Bach was not just a master instrumental compos- 
er and the author of the best-selling keyboard instruction 
book of his era — Die Runst das Clavier zu spielen, if you need 
to know — but a prolific and compelling writer of strophic 
songs, which, you need to know as I needed to know, are 
songs whose stanzas consist of lines with recurring patterns 
of rhythm and rhyme, as is common in folk music. More- 
over, says Youngren, C.P.E.'s mastery of this medium has 
been obscured because the man had the misfortune to de- 
cline while Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven were rising and 
just as intellectuals, dazed by Enlightenment dreams, be- 
came convinced that history was a straight ascending line of 
human progress, which led those of them studying the his- 
tory of music to draw a satisfyingly tidy connection from the 
elder Bach and Handel to the Romantic geniuses, bypassing 
C. P. E. and a number of his inconvenient contemporaries, 
and leaving the world (or at least the portion of it that cared) 
with the impression that the German predilection for mak- 
ing high art of poems and music began with Schubert. 

That's about what the book says, though it's possible, of 
course, to learn much else from a stroll through its pages, 
such as why Haydn's simple-sounding music is not so sim- 
ple after all, and that Horace's influence on 18th-century 
German aesthetics, and particularly poetry, was consider- 
able for a man who'd been dead about 1,700 years, and that 
an F-major cadence, when it follows a B-flat chord, feels 
"rather hopeful," and that when the Seven Years' War was 

going badly for Germany, one of the economic conse- 
quences was a marked uptick in the sale of songs that dealt 
with spiritual longing. 

IT'S A STANDARD conceit of American universities to 
claim that the research conducted by their faculties results 
in (or in the temporizing phrase I have too often written 
into press releases, "could well result in") a cure, a boost, in- 
creased understanding, reduced cost, a new paradigm, less 
recidivism, fairer distribution, or earlier detection. 

As a rule, this isn't true. Yes, these lovely outcomes do 
occur, but mosdy not, and most of what most faculty mem- 
bers obsess about late into the night, most of the thick books 
they write, and most of what they discover about the dead and 
the unseen (their principle subjects) affords no general happi- 
ness, stirs no observable march of progress, and has no prac- 
tical implications. 

And that, to me, is the university's glory, in that it makes 
a home for work that simply examples, for the benefit of 
students principally, a way of living that steers not by the 
nearest obtrusive rock but by intelligence, alertness, and 
stubborn hunger for the labor that makes one strangely 
happy, including, if it comes to it, spending half a decade 
correcting the record about the origins of lieder. 

C. P. E. Bach and the Rebirth of the Strophic Song has earned 
adjectives such as "unprecedented," "monumental," "magis- 
terial," "essential [for] all serious [library] music collections," 
and "a key illustration of what liberal arts means." I would 
not know one way or the other, of course, nor have I any in- 
tention of trying to acquire the scholarly apparatus, as they 
say, that would help me to know. In fact, I don't intend to 
read any further in the book than has been necessary for 
writing this essay. For me, rather, the higher significance of 
C.P.E., and of similar volumes that justify yards of shelf 
space in my office, is not the knowledge it purveys but its 
unselfconscious affirmation that this universe is a stop worth 
making, a place of mystery and possibility, with new territo- 
ry on every hand to be plowed, cleared, or just gawked at, 
range after endless range, the view jolting us into acts of rev- 
erence, practical and impractical. 

Our story on Boston College's new material territory, 
which will serve as a venue for exploring further ethereal 
territory, begins on page 34. 

Ben Birnbaum 


SUMMER 2004 TftHQ'ilZlTlC VOL.64 NO. 3 

20 Women's place Elizabeth A. Johnson, CSJ 

Two conflicting views guide the Church's position on women, 
and have from the very beginning. And therein lies hope 

Jason Reblando '95, 

29 Small wonders 

Andrew Teed '98 

Winners of the 2004 flash fiction contest 

30 In re: Brown charksjogktreejr. 

The court's decision was simply just. "Deliberate speed" was 
simply not 

34 Overview 

A tour of the Brighton campus 

special section: 


learning from others — Padraic O'Hare on Rabbi Abraham 
Joshua Heschel, Fr. Robert P. Imbelli on the i8th-century's 
Jonathan Edwards, Mary Jo Bane on the activist Ida Wells-Barnett, 
Roberto Goizueta on Latino Catholics 

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• Songcraft • For Carroll • Radio 
girlz • Chasing chocolate • Fit to 
print • Good hair day • Rumors • 
Pigskin pioneers • Summer 
reading list • Safe by design • 
The way we were 


China TV's Keith Gallinelli '94 


Follows page 23 

COVER A view to the apple 
orchard on BCs new campus. 
Photo by Gary Wayne Gilbert 




SUMMER 2004 


Ben Bimbaum 


Anna Marie Murphy 


Elizabeth Brandes 


Eamonn Bonner 


Gary Wayne Gilbert 


Lee Pellegrini 


Nicole Estvanik, Paul Voosen 


Ben Jones, Noah Kuhn, 
Jeff Reynolds 

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phone: (617) 552-4700 

Alicia MunnelPs article 
"Retirement Blues" (Spring 
2004) makes one of the 
strongest cases I've seen — 
although the author probably 
didn't intend it — for 401(k) or 
defined-contribution plans to 
replace the current Social 
Security system. Automatic 
enrollment in such plans, with 
government-mandated re- 
quirements, would be far 
preferable to the bloated gov- 
ernment agency we now have 
and to Congress using retire- 
ment funds as loans for highly 
questionable public spending. 

Newton, Massachusetts 

I was thrilled to see BC 
Hillel's Kabbalat Shabbat din- 
ner featured in the Spring 
2004 issue ("Meal Clans"). 

When I was a student, this 
was one of my favorite events, 
bringing together the stu- 
dents, faculty, and alumni who 
were the core of our BC 
Jewish community. Now that I 
work for Hillel International, I 
realize the vibrant Jewish life 
at Boston College could serve 
as a model for small Jewish 
communities on campuses 
across the country. The photo 
spread now hangs in Hillel's 
international center. B'Shalom 
(in peace). 

Washington, D.C. 


I enjoyed Paul Elie's essay 
"Pilgrims" (Spring 2004), es- 
pecially because I am about to 
teach the Jhumpa Lahiri story 
he mentions in a course of 
mine on Catholic characters 
and the character of "the 
Catholic" in American litera- 

ture. It goes with other stories 
that foreground the many 
different Catholic cultures in 
America: Frank O'Connor's 
East Coast Irish, Flannery 
O'Connor's southern 
Georgian, Robert Olen 
Butler's Louisiana Vietnamese, 
Sandra Cisneros's Chicago 
Mexicans. I'll ask my students 
Paul Elie's questions — is the 
apparently stripped house 
hoarding the faith's treasures 
or trash? Is it somehow magi- 
cally producing a Christian 
faith the secularized 
Americanized couple from 
India needs, or reproducing 
the colors of their homeland's 
faith in Catholicism's tradi- 
tional "creole?" I'll ask them 
whether artifacts appearing in 
the house seem to them to be 
marked "Christian" or 
"Catholic." And I'll trust that 
Catholics coming of age in the 
current climate of division and 
loss will recognize how our 
flights as well as our quests are 
part of our pilgrimage. 

Department of English 

kia's gift 

I just finished reading the ar- 
ticle about our Kia ("The 
Gift," by Ben Birnbaum, 
Linden Lane, Spring 2004). 
You have captured that 
evening with all the emotion 
enveloping it. Since Kia's 
passing, I have come to know 
her "Boston family," and it 
has been a great source of 
comfort to know that she was 
so well loved. Kia loved BC 
and everyone there. 

Lake-wood, New Jersey 

Ms. Mercer is the mother of 
Patrick Mercer, the late Kia 
Rozier's fiance. 


Re "Distance Learning," by 
Paige Parvin (Spring 2004): 
I teach in the religious studies 
department at a Jesuit high 
school in San Francisco. My 
students, formed by a post- 
modernist worldview, often 
struggle to appreciate the role 
that tradition plays in our 
Catholic identity. As a teacher 
of scripture, I struggle with 
ways to help them to under- 
stand the power and wisdom 
of our history. 

In Atlanta, BC's president 
William P. Leahy, SJ, re- 
sponded to a question regard- 
ing women's ordination by 
saying that "a person without 
memory is without identity." 
Indeed. My students may have 
trouble grasping the impor- 
tance of shared interpretation 
through the ages, but they 
don't have any difficulty with 
the question of who they 
would be without their own 
memory. I now understand 
how to help them understand. 


San Francisco, California 

I read in the Spring issue the 
letter from Jack Crowe '82 re- 
calling the late Professor Al 
Folkard. I had Folkard during 
my first year. I recall talking 
with him about the paintings 
going up in Gasson Hall near 
the bell tower, and stepping 
out to the atrium, where he 
told me the story of each 
panel. Whenever I visit BC, I 
try to see those paintings. 

Hanover, New Hampshire 

BCM welcomes letters from readers. 
Letters may be edited for length 
and clarity, and must be signed to 
be published. Our fax number is 
(617) 552-2441; our e-mail address 

2 SUMMER 2004 


Paul: Write down five items that might be found in your character's bedroom. 

For a song 


On a windy Saturday afternoon in early May, some 40 students and 
campus visitors migrated indoors to Lyons 42 3 . They were there for 
a master class with Paul Plissey '87 — known to the wider world as the 
singer-songwriter Ellis Paul. He was at Boston College to receive 
this year's Arts Council Alumni Award, and had delivered a crowd- 
pleasing homecoming concert on the plaza the day before. Now the 
lanky 39-year-old was gingerly stepping to the front of a classroom 
to impart his self-taught method for writing songs. 

Paul's urbane, pop-inflected acoustic style has been featured on 10 
albums and has earned" him 12 Boston Music Awards. He's been the 
opening act for the pop-folk star Shawn Colvin, and his extensive 


club and coffeehouse touring, 
together with radio airplay, has 
brought him a solid national 
following. The story goes that 
he first picked up a guitar 
while at BC, after a knee in- 
jur}' grounded him and ended 
his college track career. 

The master class began 
with Paul interviewing his stu- 
dents, asking them about their 
backgrounds in a friendly but 
focused manner. There were a 
number of musicians on hand, 
not surprisingly, as well as 
some poets, and a woman who 
said she worked in market re- 
search and wanted to see how 
songcraft might overlap her 
own "story-driven" field. 

The key to effective song- 
writing, Paul said, is to show, 
don't tell. "To show loneliness, 
you have to make it physical. 
Are the shades down? Are 
there pizza boxes around?" 
He said he focuses on "people 
at a crossroads, surrounded 
by opportunity and change 
and loss," leaving open the 
challenge of communicating 
what brought them to that 
point and what may follow. 

As students scribbled notes, 
he stepped to the blackboard 
and began to lay out a six-step 
method for pinning down 

First, he said, write down 
the name of the person — real 
or fictional or famous — you 
want to frame. Next, think of 
five items that could be found 
in that person's bedroom. 
Third, write down five things 
that the person w r ould see 
when he or she looks into the 
mirror. Then, identify two col- 
ors that the character calls to 
mind. Fifth, find a nonhuman 
metaphor that could describe 
your character. Finally, write a 
line of dialogue that conveys 

the way the character speaks. 

Paul illustrated with one of 
his own songs. Years ago, a 
high school student from his 
Maine hometowTi — the boy 
who "always had the loudest 
voice at the party" — fell to his 
death while climbing a light 
pole as part of a stunt. Paul, 
chalk in hand, began ticking 
off salient details of his charac- 
ter's life. In his bedroom, for 
example, Paul imagined a cap 
and gown on the floor, beer 
cans stashed in a closet, and 
videos of Saturday Night 
Live. In the mirror, his 
character peered through 
bloodshot eyes at his un- 
combed hair and untucked 
shirt. The line of dialogue: 
"Pick me up a six-pack at 
the package store?" 

For a long time, Paul said, 
he wanted to write about this 
character but the shape of the 
song eluded him. During an 
exhausting cross-country tour, 
however, a story started to 
germinate, prompted by a re- 
curring sight — the solitary, 
pale water towers that loom 
over America's small towns. 
The song that emerged was 

Jimmy Aberdeen is the 
name that Paul conjured for 
the song's tragic character (he 
cautioned students to find 
ways to fictionalize the people 
they write about, unless the 
story is unequivocally flatter- 
ing). He liked the name be- 
cause it carries an echo of 
James Dean, reinforcing the 
restlessness and doom he was 
aiming to convey. 

"Eighteen" is told through 
the eyes of a man returning to 
his hometown to attend a high 
school reunion, whose memo- 
ries lead him back to a night 
vears before when a friend fell 

to his death while painting 
graffiti on a water tower. 
"Jimmy fell down through the 
darkness / An ambulance 
brought silence to the scene / 
And carried off the life and 
broken dreams / of Jimmy 
Aberdeen." At the end of the 
song, the man climbs the 
water tower ladder, spray-paint 
can in hand, to complete 
Jimmy's mischief. 

Sitting down with his gui- 
tar, Paul launched into the 
song, tapping a heavy black 
boot as he sang, his face tight 
with emotion. Some students 
continued taking notes, others 
smiled or nodded in time with 
the music. 

When he sits down to work 
on his songs, Paul told the 
class afterward, he generally 
blocks out a significant stretch 
of time — 10 P.M. to three A.M. 
is ideal — and lights a candle 
for atmosphere. He prefers 
writing in his living room to 
the studio. He begins with iso- 
lated snatches of music that he 
works out on the guitar, play- 
ing a certain melody over and 
over until it becomes "almost 
like a mantra." 

Once the musical founda- 
tion has become nearly auto- 
matic, he starts singing 
nonsense syllables in falsetto, 
testing the boundaries and ca- 
dences of the melody to see 
what they will bear. Sooner or 
later — and sometimes, he 
stresses, much later — the vo- 
calizing will yield an intelligi- 
ble phrase. Paul compares the 
process to taking a Rorschach 
inkblot test; what comes out 
could as easily be the image of 
a bird in flight as the fragment 
of a memory' from childhood. 
Once other associations begin 
attaching themselves to this 
phrase, Paul shelves the guitar 

and focuses on the lyrics, 
eventually going back and 
forth between words and 
music to make adjustments. 
For example, the phrase "you 
turn a blue eye to me" recent- 
ly presented itself in a practice 
session, Paul said, and 15 
hours of work had to this 
point yielded a half-finished 
song about a couple reckoning 
with the deepening serious- 
ness of their relationship. He 
played for the class what he 
had of the song so far. 

The hour-and-a-half lesson 
concluded with questions from 
the students. Who are Paul's 
influences? Woody Guthrie 
and U2, among others, he 
said. Some questions were 
technical. A student asked 
about tuning the mandolin in a 
minor key. Paul conceded the 
dilemma. "A mandolin just 
comes happy," he said. 

And inevitably among as- 
piring musicians, the conversa- 
tion turned in coolheaded 
fashion to royalties and finan- 
cial pathways. Someone asked 
how best to go about placing 
songs in movies or on TV. 
(Paul's music has burnished 
episodes of MTVs The Real 
World, the Jim Carrey vehicle 
Me, Myself & Irene, and the 
movie Shallow Hal.) 

Soap operas, Paul respond- 
ed, are a reliable market, con- 
stantly in need of soundtrack 
material. The answer seemed 
to break a spell, and a shadow 
of anxiety washed over the 
students' faces. 

Benjamin Healy 

Benjamin Healy is a writer based 
in Boston. Highlights from Ellis 
Pauls Robsham Theater conceit 
may be viewed on Boston 
College Magazine s @BC web- 

4 SUMMER 2004 


CSOM selects an alumnus with global reach as dean 

Andrew C. Boynton 78 has 
been named the new dean of 
the Carroll School of 
Management. Boynton, the 
head of the Executive MBA 
Program at the International 
Institute of Management 
Development (IMD) in 
Lausanne, Switzerland, will 
assume the Carroll School 
post on January 1. 

Boynton succeeds Helen 
Frame Peters, who served as 
dean for three years. Since 
July of last year, Professor M. 
Hossein Safizadeh has been 
the interim dean. 

Boynton will oversee the 
University's second largest 
school, with 2,048 undergrad- 
uate and 978 graduate stu- 
dents. The Carroll School 
grants six degrees: a BS in 
Management; MAs in finance, 
accounting, and business ad- 
ministration; and a Ph.D. in 
management with concentra- 
tions in either finance or orga- 
nization studies. Also under its 
organization are the Center 
for Responsible Leadership, 
the Small Business Develop- 
ment Center, and the Boston 
College Chief Executives 

Following his graduation 
from the Carroll School, 
Boynton earned his MBA and 
Ph.D. in strategic management 
at the Kenan-Flagler Business 
School of the University of 
North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 
He began his academic career 
as an assistant professor at the 
Darden Graduate School of 
Business Administration at the 

Boynton '78, who directs a Swiss executive MBA program, will begin his 
tenure in January. 

University of Virginia. In 1994, 
he returned to Chapel Hill to 
join the faculty at the Kenan- 
Flagler School, where he re- 
ceived tenure in 1996. The 
following year he was named 
professor of management at the 
IMD. Boynton created the 
IMD's Executive MBA 
Program in 1997, and has 
served as its director since. 

The IMD, founded in 1990 
by two Swiss business schools, 
enrolls managers with a partic- 
ular interest in international 
commerce. Each year, its 54 
full-time faculty members 
teach more than 5,000 execu- 
tives representing 70 nationali- 
ties, and it has over 50,000 
alumni. The campus is located 
40 minutes from Geneva. 

Its executive MBA program, 
which Business Week magazine 

ranked as the sixth best in the 
world in 2003, enrolls execu- 
tives and prospective executives 
currently employed. While at- 
tending, students remain with 
their corporations, which serve 
as "laboratories" for practicing 
skills acquired through a com- 
bination of month-long courses 
and distance learning. 

Boynton is the coauthor 
with Bart Victor of Invented 
Here: Maximizing Your Orga- 
nizations Internal Growth and 
Profitability (Harvard Business 
School Press, 1998), and is a 
consultant to firms in North 
America, Europe, Asia, and 

A native of Basking Ridge, 
New Jersey, Boynton and his 
wife Jane (Murphy) '78 have 
four sons. 

Public affairs staff 


Rev. Hubert Walters, who for 
22 years has been the director 
of the Voices of Imani gospel 
choir and an adjunct music lec- 
turer in the College of Arts & 
Sciences, has been presented 
with an artistic achievement 
award by the Boston College 
Arts Council. Also receiving 
awards were singer-songwriter 
Ellis Paul '87 (see page 3) and 
students Jennifer Minguci '04 
(theater), Paul Schutz '04 
(music composition), Krista 
D'Agostino '05 (theater), and 
Elyse Mallouk '06 (studio art 
and English). 


On April 22, some 600 Boston 
College students, faculty, and 
staff donned blue T-shirts with 
the message, "Cay? Fine by 
Me." The shirts were distrib- 
uted by the student govern- 
ment and the Women's 
Resource Center; the College 
Republicans at Boston College 
issued a press release support- 
ing the action. Supplies of the 
shirts were exhausted in two 
hours, and the organizers plan 
to order more next year. 


The Boston College Libraries 
have purchased access to the 
Eighteenth Century Collections 
Online database, which aims to 
collect and make available 
every significant title printed in 
Great Britain between 1701 and 
1800, along with thousands of 
works from the Americas. The 
database houses a variety of 
materials, from books, directo- 
ries, and advertisements to 
sheet music and sermons. 
When completed, it will con- 
tain nearly 150,000 titles repre- 
senting more than 33 million 
pages of material. 



Jeffrey Sullivan '06, a sopho- 
more political science major, 
has been awarded the 112th 
Fulton Prize, given to the best 
speaker in the annual debate 
competition. Arguing against 
the FCC's indecency regula- 
tions, Sullivan's side lost the 
debate in a narrow decision. 

Station master 

Estefania Alves's signal has been heard round the world 
An interview by Cara Fein berg 


Professor Thomas Chiles (biol- 
ogy) is the corecipient of a 
five-year, $4.65 million grant 
from the National Institutes of 
Health to study a subset of 
white blood cells called B-ia. 
Overproduction of B-ia has 
been linked to the onset of 
autoimmune diseases and 
leukemias. Chiles's corecipient 
is Thomas Rothstein, a profes- 
sor of medicine at Boston 


Thirty-one members of BC's 
Class of 2003 entered the 
Peace Corps. In addition, 35 BC 
alumni are currently serving in 
the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, out- 
numbering alumni from any 
other college or university. 


The Beckman Scholars Pro- 
gram at BC, which funds under- 
graduate research in science, 
has been renewed. An initial 
award from the Arnold and 
Mabel Beckman Foundation in 
2001 provided support for five 
students in chemistry and biol- 
ogy to participate in faculty- 
supervised research for two 
summers and, on a part-time 
basis, during one academic 
year. BC is one of 13 institutions 
to be granted such funding for 
2004-06, during which period 
another five students will re- 
ceive a total of $17,600 each. 

In a convened storage closet on 
the fourth floor of the St. Marys 
Women and Infants Center, in 
Boston s Dorchester neighborhood, 
12 teenage girls run R-LOG 
540-AM. Broadcasting "music 
that respects women, " the station s 
signal reaches 2.6 miles into the 
surrounding city, Monday 
through Thursday, between 4 and 
7:30 P.M. Estefania Alves '07 
came up with the idea for the sta- 
tion while a senior at Jeremiah 
Burke High School and helped to 
found it in February 2004. 

How does a 17-year-old invent a 
radio station? 

A few years ago, I and a couple 
of girls got to talking about 
how most girls in this commu- 
nity, which is mostly immigrant 
and low income, have the men- 
tality that, "I might as well give 
up now because I'm not going 
to make it farther anyway." 
We took some ideas to Larry 
Mayes, head of the Log School 
[a settlement house], and he 
arranged a meeting with 
[Boston] Mayor Menino. I 
talked about a radio station, 
and the mayor liked the idea 
and helped us find funding. 
Eight months later we were 
breaking down walls and 
moving in sound equipment. 

What kind of music do you play? 

Music from the early '90s, 
Usher, Alicia Keyes, Avril 
Lavigne, Sarah McLachlan. 

Alves: We want girls to say, "I don't have to be what this music tells me to be." 

We might have Cape Verdean 
music for an hour, or a Trin- 
idadian music set. W e just 
don't play things that degrade 
people who might be listening, 
especially women. 

Is there any rap or hip-hop that 
is respectful to women? 

Sure. Nas sings, "I know I can 
be what I wanna be." Often, 
artists will have some songs 
that are positive, some that are 

negative. Usher is a favorite of 
ours right now. His song, 
"Confessions," talks about how 
he cheated on his woman and 
got another woman pregnant. 
But Usher's song is about how 
much he regrets the mistake, 
how he wishes he could have 
done things differently. 

Can you really tie community 
problems to pop music? 

Kids here want to be like rap- 

6 SUMMER 2004 

pers, want to talk like them. 
And so many of the lyrics are 
full of swears, or are about 
men having sex with women 
and then dropping them to the 
side. I'm not saying rap music 
introduced the word "bitch," 
but it can make that an okay 
word to use. Eventually, peo- 
ple begin to feel that that's just 
the way it is, and they can't 
do anything to change it. 

So how do you compete with 
commercial radio? 

We don't compete; we offer 
alternatives. We may not reach 
a wide audience, but I can see 
changes in the girls who work 
here. I remember when they 
came in. They had ideas, 
but they were scared to voice 
them. Now, they are so vocal 
about their thoughts. So 
many times, ideas never go 
anywhere, especially in Dor- 
chester. But this one got up 
and running. And it's reaching 
farther than Dorchester — I've 
had calls from Sweden, 
London, California, New 
York, and Virginia. They heard 
about us from programs on 
NPR, or the BBC, or in news- 
paper articles. 

What kept you from being one 
of the neighborhood girls who 
wasn't going to make it? 

I always had sports and student 
government — positive outlets 
that geared me toward believ- 
ing in myself. That's what the 
station is about. We give girls 
a place to go and something of 
their own. Then, we make 
sure the experience is about 
leadership and empowerment. 

What exactly do the girls do? 

They run the DJ equipment; 
they are on the mike; they re- 
port community news; they in- 

terview people; they write 
public service announcements. 
We try to bring in women 
leaders from the community 
for the interviews. Recently we 
interviewed Kathleen O'Toole, 
the new police commissioner, 
and a BC graduate actually. 

When you decided to take a 
stand against offensive lyrics, 
did any of your friends say, 
"Where does she get off telling 
us what's offensive?" 
Mostly I got support. I guess 
some people might have 
thought it was kind of uppity. 
Even now, I don't go around 
mentioning the radio station. 
I let people find out about it 
and form their own ideas. 

You sometimes listen to rap. 
How do you square that with 
the radio station's public stand? 

That's a sticky issue, because I 
like the music even if I don't 
like the message. But until 
radio stations decide they 
won't play offensive lyrics, we 
have to accept that it's out 
there and popular and our first 
goal is awareness: We want 
the girls to be able to say, "I 
don't have to be what this 
music tells me to be." They 
have choices. The music can't 
tell them who they are. 

What was it about radio that 
captured you? 

I've always loved radio. I've 
always been the type to listen 
to JAM'N 94.5 and call in to 
win concert tickets, though I 
never won any. I've always 
enjoyed being out in the open. 
I'm interested in anything that 
puts me on the spot. 

Cara Feinberg is a writer based 
in Boston. Alves majors in human 
development and communication. 


by Robert Cording 

When we are dying the last faculty usually 
to shut down is hearing. 

St. Benedict said, Listen with the ears of your heart. 

And so I try to remember what was once heard 
in the practice of the heart's listening: 
the surprise of a robin's common song 

when I was ready to hear it. And wind saying itself 
in the tulip leaves outside my childhood window. 

So many times I've needed to learn again 

what I am always forgetting — 

that each thing has its own pitch and vibration and rings 

with the exactness of a bell. 

Like the sounds rain makes so differently 

filling a tin cup or waterfalling leaf by leaf through 

the understories of a forest. 

And there's my mother's voice calling 

me home for supper and, later, saying goodbye. 

When I am dying to the world will the ears of my 
heart hear — 

in a hospital room's trickle of sad laughter, 

in the sitcom leaking down 

from the television, in the doctor's voice calling my name 

when no one is sure I am still listening — 

the voice of my beloved moving like light 
at the beginning of each day, 

speaking in words I have heard but never clearly enough 
to write down, saying everything I could never say? 

Robert Cording, Ph.D. '77, is the Barrett Professor of English 
at the College of the Holy Cross. To hear him read this poem 
aloud, or to purchase his fourth collection of poems, Against 
Consolation (2002), at a discount from the BC Bookstore, go 
to Boston College Magazine's website, 


Bar mode 


It is possible to say that you have not lived a fully actualized 
life unless you have eaten a Clark Bar straight off the as- 
sembly line. I am qualified to make this judgment because I 
have eaten a Clark Bar straight off the assembly line. I have 
eaten two. 

My guide at the New England Confectionery Company 
(Necco) headquarters on Mass Ave. in Cambridge was 
Manny De Costa, the facilities manager. Manny is a slightly 
puffed version of Norman Schwarzkopf: stern, firm- 
chinned, capable of inflicting significant damage with his 
bare hands, though he turned out to be the nicest man imag- 
inable and no danger to anyone at all, unless you happen to 
be coated in chocolate. Manny had come to Necco as a ship- 
ping clerk 3 5 years ago. Now, he oversaw six floors and 400 

employees. He was dressed in a suit and tie, which he ac- 
cented — for our visit to production areas — with a white 
gauzy shower cap that sat on his head like a collapsed souffle. 
Necco acquired Clark Bar America, Inc. in 1999. A na- 
tive of Pittsburgh, the Clark was first produced in 1917 and 
became one of the most popular bars of the post- World 
War II candy boom. It consists of a crunchy peanut filling 
covered in a milk chocolate coating. Most people would 
compare it to the Butterfmger, though it has far more 
peanut flavor than a Butterfmger and a softer bite. Necco it- 
self used to produce a chocolate-covered peanut crunch 
known as the Bolster Bar. But everyone seemed to agree the 
Clark Bar was tastier. This, according to Manny, is because 
of the Clark's unique production process. 

8 SUMMER 2004 

Step 1 : The staples were boiled into a sticky glop, cooled, 
and pulled to a beige, taffylike consistency. 

Step 2 : The filling was fed into a huge machine that flat- 
tened it and spread a layer of real peanut butter on top. A sin- 
gle worker, hovering over the machine with a spatula, rolled 
this slab into a sort of giant burrito. This step was the linch- 
pin of the entire Clark gestalt. It ensured that the filling was 
striated into sediments of peanut butter and crunch. (Manny 
later demonstrated this to me by biting a snack-size bar 
lengthwise and showing me the sediments.) 

Step 3: The burrito was lowered into a batch roller, 
where it was funneled down and came snaking out, ticker 
tape style, to be cut into segments. 

Step 4: The peanut crunch was now ready to be covered 
in chocolate, a process known as enrobing. Enrobing is the 
money shot of candy production, a sight so sensual as to 
seem pornographic. The conveyor belt carried the naked 
Clarks forward, into a curtain of chocolate, which, in 
spilling down, created the delicate ripples and wavelets you 
find atop most candy bars. It is this illusion of liquidity that 
I have always found so seductive; when we look at the top of 
a candy bar, what we see is a particular moment, the dy- 
namism of the fluid state captured. 

Step 5: The wet bars were carried into a cooling tunnel. 
A half hour later they emerged, 100 yards down the line, 
ready for packing. The entire genesis of the Clark, from 
raw ingredients to wrapper, took 90 minutes. 

The fresh bar had a more supple consistency than store- 
bought. The peanut butter was more redolent. The choco- 
late coating melted the moment it hit your tongue. "Fresh 
off the line is a different thing," Manny said. "It's like from 
someone's kitchen. I eat them all day long. That's why I'm 
as big as I am." 

It was precisely at this moment, watching Manny De Costa 
pat his stomach and laugh in a jolly vibrato while offering me 
a second fresh Clark Bar, that I considered asking him to 
adopt me. This feeling was reinforced during our brief trip to 
the sample shop on the first floor, where Manny and his 
wife — who, it turned out, worked in the sample shop and was, 
if this is even possible, nicer than Manny — foisted a shameful 
amount of candy onto me, which I tried (not very hard) to 
refuse, and which I seriously considered donating to orphans, 
before deciding, instead, to eat it all myself. That was my 
first taste of industrial candy production. I was delirious. 

Steve Almond 

Steve Almond teaches creative writing at Boston College. His 
essay is drawn from Candyfreak: A Journey Through the 
Chocolate Underbelly of America (copyright © 2004 by Steve 
Almond) and reprinted by permission of Algonquin Books of 
Chapel Hill. The book may be purchased at a discount from the BC 
Bookstore via Anyone wishing to make a sim- 
ilar pilgrimage to the Necco factory should be advised that the com- 
pany s operations have since moved to Revere, Massachusetts. 


Student newspaper to launch a second edition 

The Heights, Boston College's 
student-run newspaper, will 
begin publishing twice a 
week, in October. The paper, 
which has been a weekly 
since 1919, will appear on 
Mondays and Thursdays, with 
Thursday's edition including 
a magazine insert from Sports 

The Monday edition will 
remain similar to the current 
weekly, though at a size re- 

duced from 36 to 28 pages. 
The Thursday edition will 
average 20 pages and will in- 
clude news, sports, an opinion 
page, and an arts and reviews 

The paper is produced by 
150 undergraduate staff mem- 
bers and contributors. Editor- 
in-chief Ryan Heffernan '06 
notes that the need for more 
stories to fill the paper's addi- 
tional pages will give less-se- 

nior contributors the opportu- 
nity to work on more demand- 
ing projects than had been 
available to them under the 
present schedule. 

Thursday's insert, Sports 
Illustrated on Campus, was 
launched last year and is dis- 
tributed through student 
newspapers at 70 participating 
colleges. The magazine pre- 
views the upcoming weekend 
in college athletics. 

Last March, the Heights's 
was recognized as the most 
trafficked college-weekly site 
on the College Publisher net- 
work, ahead of websites repre- 
senting newspapers at 100 
other institutions. In early 
2001, the Heights was one of 
the first journals to join the 
network, which serves 250 stu- 
dent papers across the country. 
Paid Voosen 



How many letters can you fit on a hair? 

At three P.M. on March 10, 
2004, Christopher LaFratta, a 
doctoral student in John 
Fourkas's chemistry lab, wrote 
the word "hair" on a hair be- 
longing to another lab worker, 
Vincent Chen '04. With the 
aid of a computer, LaFratta 
constructed the word in three- 
dimensional letters roughly 10 
microns, or millionths of a 
meter, high. The point of the 
exercise was to test whether 
lasers can build tiny polymer 
structures on biological mate- 
rials without harming the tis- 
sue. They can. 

That piece of typography is 
one of many complex objects 
that Fourkas, in collaboration 
with Professor of Physics 
Michael Naughton and 
Professors Malvin Teich and 
Bahaa Saleh of Boston 
University, have created with a 
technique called multiphoton 
absorption polymerization 
(MAP). In MAP, a laser beam 
shines through a microscope 
into an acrylic resin. Wherever 
the microscope focuses the 
beam, a light-sensitive chemi- 
cal — a photoinitiator — begins 
a chain reaction that binds 
molecules into solid plastic. 
"It's the same kind of process 
as when you get a composite 
filling in a tooth, and they 
stick a UV light in your 
mouth," says Fourkas. But 
MAP happens on a much 
smaller scale: Each laser pulse 
creates a plastic building block 
just 140-billionths of a meter 
long. By laying down thou- 
sands of such "voxels" (as 

The team's microscopic constructions. Above: "HAIR" written on top of a 
human hair. Below: Micro-pyramids and interlocking square frames 

three-dimensional pixels are 
called) in a controlled pattern, 
then removing the leftover 
resin, "you can make absolute- 
ly anything," Fourkas says. 

In an article in the Journal 
of Applied Physics, the re- 
searchers reported creating 
pairs of pyramids linked by 
slim cables, interlocking 
square frames, and hollow 
bulbs — none larger than a few 
10s of microns across — from 
globs of resin. These are of lit- 

tle use in themselves. But simi- 
lar creations could find their 
way into miniature devices 
such as optical switches, 3-D 
computer chips, or even tiny 
surgeon-robots that would 
course through blood vessels 
like the submarine Proteus and 
her crew in Fantastic Voyage. 

Fourkas never expected 
that he could use his equip- 
ment to build directly on 
human tissue. "The light at 
the focal point of the laser is 

quite intense," he says. "So we 
were surprised that it didn't 
damage the hair." He credits 
the unusually high efficiency 
of his photoinitiator. "This 
means we can create polymer 
at relatively low laser power. 
With other photoinitiators, 
the power would have to be 
higher, so the hair might have 
been damaged. Also, hair turns 
out to be more resilient than 
we might have guessed." 

Now that the technique has 
been proven safe for human 
tissue, the biomedical possibil- 
ities seem endless. "You can 
think about attaching a little 
handle to a cell in a petri dish 
so you could grab it and pull it 
wherever you wanted," 
Fourkas says. "Or you could 
build a monitoring device that 
would let you know what was 
going on inside the cell. You 
could put an TV' on the cell 
and deliver specific drugs and 
watch how the cell reacts and 
how it interacts with other 
cells. Sky's the limit, really." 
All the more so once Fourkas 
takes delivery of an apparatus 
that, he hopes, will produce 
voxels just 10s of nanometers 
long (the current record, set in 
Japan, is 120 nanometers). 

Although Fourkas's is not 
the only group working on 
MAP, it may be the only one 
that applies the technique 
to cheap, readily available 
materials. Some researchers 
use proprietary resins that, 
Fourkas says, "are sort of black 
boxes — nobody will tell you 
what's in them, so you can't do 

10 SUMMER 2004 

anything to change the prop- 
erties." Others brew specialty 
chemicals that are laborious to 
duplicate. "We wondered if 
there were materials out there 
whose properties we could 
tune to whatever applications 
we were pursuing," Fourkas 
says. For now, the winning 
blend — the one used for the 
"hair" sign — is a mix of com- 
mercial chemicals that are de- 
signed to resist shrinking and 
promote hardness, along with 
that highly efficient off-the- 
shelf photoinitiator. 

Now Fourkas has begun 
building structures that have 
moving parts and is developing 
ways to coat sections of objects 
with metals, which have prop- 
erties polymers don't have, 
such as the ability to conduct 
electricity. One technique his 
lab is studying uses a polymer 
containing chemicals that 
release silver when struck by 
laser light. "We'd like to be 
able to create devices that 
incorporate mechanical prop- 
erties, optical properties, 
electronic properties, mag- 

netic properties," says Fourkas. 
And, of course, once he has 
built something useful, 
Fourkas would like to be able 
to replicate it easily. He and 
his group have that covered, 
too, and literally. They have 
slathered some of their tiny 
sculptures with a material 
called PDMS— "essentially 
bathtub caulk" — that forms a 
rubbery mold that can then be 
removed and filled with poly- 
mer to create an exact replica. 
"It would be much, much 
faster to produce structures 

this way," Fourkas says. "Just 
writing the word 'hair' took 
about an hour." 

David Brittan 

David Brittan is a freelance 
writer and editor who lives in 
Newburyport, Massachusetts. 
Other members of John Fourkas s 
group are Richard Fairer, a post- 
doctoral researcher, and doctoral 
student Tommaso Baldacchini. 
Vincent Chen '04, who con- 
tributed a hair to the experiment, 
is now a doctoral student in 
chemistry at Georgia Tech. 


Since it was announced in April that the 
Boston Archdiocese was going to sell 
Boston College 43 acres (and three con- 
siderable structures) on the north side of 
Commonwealth Avenue, few conversa- 
tions on the south side have concluded 
without a sidebar on the latest rumors 
or ideas for how the land and buildings 
(and dreamed-of buildings to come) 
would or should be used. The following 
are notions that have surfaced within 
hearing of the magazine's editors. Some 
seem reasonable, some frightening, but 
none, it must be said, are being consid- 
ered at the moment. A significant land- 
use study will take a year or more to 
complete. At issue is not only appropri- 
ate use of the new property, but how the 
addition of 43 acres at one edge of the 
University can enhance what is now a 
tightly knit, balanced campus. For a tour 
of the new Brighton Campus see page 
34. For the rumors, read on. 

1 Housing for new faculty, visiting fac- 
ulty, graduate students, undergraduate 
students, Jesuits. 

T Administrative offices for finance, 
fund-raising, human resources, presi- 
dent's staff. 

T McMullen Museum, baseball stadi- 
um, conference and retreat center, 
chapel, television studio, chemistry 
building, physics building, school of 
theology, medical school, parking 
spaces, School of Social Work, Boston 
College's 23 research centers. 

T A stable. This surfaced at a meeting 
of BC officials and Brighton residents, 
some of whom believe that Fr. Leahy — 
rasied on an Iowa farm, after all — is 
inordinately fond of horseback riding. 
For the record, the Leahy family has 
used tractors for many decades, and 
the president has not been on a horse 
since he was "a lad." In any case, Iowa 
favors hogs over horses by a wide 
margin. Rumor fomenters take note. 


First team 


editor's note: Reid Oslin '68, senior media relations offi- 
cer at BC, was for 24 years (1974 to 1997) the University's 
associate athletic director and sports information director. 
His new book, Tales from the Boston College Sideline, is an 
anecdotal history of football from the James Street days to 
the 2003 San Francisco Bowl: 

It was a sweltering September night in 1973 in College 
Station, Texas, when the Boston College football team took 
the field for the first time against the famed Texas A&M 
Aggies. Just before kickoff, A&M sports information direc- 
tor Spec Gammon turned to his BC counterpart, Eddie 
Miller, and asked dryly, "When did y'all stop playin' club 

"1893," Miller replied. 

BC went on to defeat the Aggies, 

BC's ninth president (1891-94), had a 
clear priority for his administration: 
upgrading and expanding the 28-year- 
old school's small library. 

It came as no surprise then, that in 
the spring of his first year as president, 
Fr. Devitt was not especially receptive 
to a proposal offered by two undergrad- 
uates — Joseph E O'Connell, of the class 
of 1893, and Joseph Drum, of the class 
of 1 894 — to start a varsity football team. 

Fr. Devitt pondered the students' 
idea — similar proposals had been de- 
nied by his predecessor, Robert Fulton, SJ. Two weeks into 
the fall semester of 1892, he grudgingly agreed to the 
request. There was one catch, however. Devitt wouldn't 
allocate any money to the new organization. 

Boston College football had been born. 

AS AT MANY U.S. schools, athletics and physical education 
at BC did not formally begin until after the Civil War. 
During the 1880s, BC students took part in military drill ex- 
ercises and a limited program of intramurals and class games. 
Located then on James Street in Boston's South End, the 

school did not own a sports field, just a small gymnasium, 
with three pieces of gymnastics equipment and little else. 

College football — an offshoot of rugby — grew in popular- 
ity after Princeton and Rutgers played the first intercollegiate 
game in 1 869. But it would be nearly 20 years before the sport 
would surface at BC, in a series of interclass games. 

Football then was far rougher than today's version, with 
no helmets and little protective equipment worn by the 
combatants. Pushing, pulling, and locked arms were al- 
lowed, and most offensive strategies consisted of only three 
plays: a dive into the line, a run around the end, and a punt. 
A favorite kick-return play was the "Flying Wedge," in 
which members of the receiving team joined arms in a mas- 

BC football, 1893: Second row, center left, is sprinter Wefers; center right, is coach-quarterback Drum. 

sive surge to escort the ball carrier up the field. Injuries w r ere 
commonplace. The wedge formation was outlawed in 1896. 
One of Boston College's early running backs, Hughie 
McGrath, played the game with a leather strap sewed to the 
bottom of his trousers. His teammates would use the 
makeshift handle to toss him over the top of the scrimmage 
line in short yardage situations. 

THE PLAYING and scoring rules changed frequently in 
those days. Originally, teams had three tries to make five 
yards and a first down; touchdowns were worth four points 

12 SUMMER 2004 

until 1898, when a score netted five. In 1912, a touchdown 
put six on the scoreboard. Conversely, the scoring value of a 
field goal steadily decreased, going from five points in 1883 
to four in 1904, before the current figure of three was de- 
cided upon in 1909. 

BEFORE THERE was an official football team at BC, 
there was the "Boston College Athletic Club," organized in 
1884 to oversee physical education and athletic activities. It 
was the forerunner of the Boston College Athletic 
x\ssociation, which would be established in 1887. A young 
Jesuit scholastic, Leo Brand, SJ, was appointed as the first 
faculty director of athletics. Boston College athletics histo- 
rian Nathaniel Hasenfus termed Brand "a clever liaison of- 
ficer between students and president when a real diplomat 
was necessary," as interest and participation in sports mush- 
roomed on James Street toward the end of the century. 

IN 1892, BC's first team of football players, with no fund- 
ing and no coach, scrambled to find practice fields and com- 
plete a schedule of games. The squad never played an actual 
game — opting instead for a series of informal practice 
scrimmages and exhibition matches against schools and am- 
ateur clubs in the area. 

Senior Joe O'Connell, one of the students who had pe- 
titioned Fr. Devitt, was the captain. Many members of that 
1892 squad went on to professional careers as doctors, 
lawyers, and educators, but two of the school's original 
football alumni had particularly significant careers: 
Lineman John Douglass became the first BC graduate to be 
elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, serving in 
Congress from 1925 until 1935; running back James Carlin 
entered the Society of Jesus after graduation that spring 
and was president of the College of Holy Cross from 1918 
until 1924. 

Another member of the 1892 squad, halfback Frank Brick, 
played the sport without the knowledge or approval of his 
parents. He was listed in the lineup as "Plinthos" — which his 
fellow students of Greek knew to be the word for "brick." 

rN 1893, Joseph Drum, then a Boston College senior, was 
named head coach of the school's first "official" football 
team — an unpaid position. When he called the start of prac- 
tice in September, 22 willing candidates reported. Among 
them was Bernie Wefers, a transfer from Holy Cross, who 
would later set four world track records in various sprint 
events. Drum immediately had himself a strong outside run- 
ning threat — a coaching luxury that several of his successors 
would never enjoy. 

Drum named himself starting quarterback when Boston 
College lined up for its first official game on October 26, 
1893, against St. John's Literary Institute, a local amateur 
team. He completed his significant series of "firsts" for 

Boston College football when he scored the game's only 
touchdown, jarring the ball loose from a St. John's runner 
and carrying it across the goal line for a 4-0 BC victory. 
Boston College's second game did not go so well. The 
James Street lads lost 6-0 to Technology '97 — a team of 
freshmen from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology — 
at Clovis Field in Cambridge. BC's chances for a late-game 
comeback were stymied in this one. The contest was called 
off at halftime because the Harvard '96 team had a game 
scheduled against the Boston Athletic Association on the 
same field and demanded that BC and MIT relinquish the 
lined turf. 

BOSTON COLLEGE'S University historian, Thomas H. 
O'Connor — a 1949 BC graduate and longtime football sea- 
son-ticket-holder — offers a look at how one of BC's most 
visible athletic traditions, the maroon-and-gold school col- 
ors, came into being: 

"In those early years when Boston College was located 
on James Street and was still a part of Boston College High 
School or vice versa, members of the student body had no 
particular colors of their own. Students on their way to var- 
ious athletic contests had no striped ties to wear, no arm- 
bands to put on, and no pennants to wave to announce their 
school affiliation. To work out a solution to this problem, 
T.J. Hurley of the class of 1885, composer of such perenni- 
al favorites as "For Boston" and "Hail Alma Mater," was 
chosen to head a committee to decide on a set of colors that 
would be distinctively BC. 

"After considering the colors of such rival Jesuit institu- 
tions as Holy Cross, Fordham, and Georgetown, Hurley 
and his committee reported back to the student body that 
their choice was maroon and gold, in part because none of 
the other Jesuit colleges had those colors. The student body 
was unanimous in accepting the report and immediately set 
about having the first official banner made. 

"According to T.J. Hurley's personal account, BC stu- 
dents convinced the ladies who worked at the New England 
Conservatory of Music — at that time located near the Jesuit 
institution on James Street — to produce the first maroon 
and gold banner, which was an instant success and was dis- 
played at every event at the school. 

"Unfortunately, after a celebration at the James Street 
school, the original hand-stitched banner mysteriously dis- 
appeared and was never seen again. Old and savvy alumni 
continue to look through attics and cellars in hopes that the 
original banner will be found." 

Reid Oslin 

© 2004 by Reid Oslin, reprinted by permission. The book is avail- 
able at a discount from the BC Bookstore via 
Mr. Oslin will be discussing BC football at the BC Bookstore on 
September 11 at 6:00 P.M. (before the Penn State game). 


O'Neill Library, fourth floor 


A reader's guide 

editor's note: In December 
2003, a mere 16 years after ac- 
quiring its millionth volume, 
the Boston College library sys- 
tem celebrated the arrival of its 
2-millionth (see "Book marker," 
page 16). To commemorate 
the milestone, BCM asked fac- 
ulty from a variety of disci- 
plines to report on the most 
influential books in their fields 
that were among the million 
most recently acquired by the 

David Quigley, American his- 
tory: The Wages of Whiteness: 
Race and the Making of the 
American Working Class, by 
David Roediger (Haymarket, 

I started grad school in 1991, 
planning to work on race and 
the American city. By decade's 
end, I had done just that, focus- 
ing on postbellum .Manhattan. 
But along the way, my under- 
standings of race, class, and 
American public life were al- 
tered by Roediger's master- 
piece. Wages reimagined the 
19th century by linking race 
with the history of America's 
working class and by exploring 
the racial identities of white 
Americans. The book ushered 

in an era of thinking about race 
as an idea that is at least partly 
constructed by culture, and not 
by genes entirely. It helped ini- 
tiate a golden age of scholar- 
ship on race in America. 

Solomon Friedberg, mathe- 
matics: Oenvres, Collected 
Papers, by Jean-Pierre Serre, 
four volumes (Springer- Yerlag, 

1 ( 

Progress in mathematics is 
tvpicallv communicated 
through research papers. I 
would, therefore, choose the 
collected papers of Jean-Pierre 
Serre, a mathematician now 
retired from the College de 
France, in Paris. Serre's contri- 
butions span a half-century 
and include fundamental de- 

velopments in algebra, number 
theory, complex analysis, 
topology, and algebraic geom- 
etry. His contributions, which 
in this space can only be de- 
scribed in the dense technical 
shorthand of mathematics, in- 
clude the use of spectral theory 
to study the homotopy groups 
of spheres, the use of sheaves 
in the context of complex vari- 
able theory and of algebraic 
geometrv, and the formulation 
of the Serre conjecture, which 
played a role in Wiles's proof 
of Fermat's last theorem. 
Serre's work is distinguished by 
its breadth and its depth. In 
2003, Professor Serre was 
awarded the first ever Abel 
Prize — similar to the Xobel 
Prize, but for mathematics. 

14 SUMMER 2004 

Suzanne Matson, English: 
The Wild Iris, by Louise Gliick 
(Ecco, 1992) 

Gluck's sixth poetry collection 
appeared to instant acclaim, 
including receipt of the 
Pulitzer Prize. Twelve years 
later, its high-concept formu- 
lation remains as stunningly 
original as it was at the time of 
its publication. The volume 
weaves a polyphonic colloquy 
among voices from the 
"green" world; a god who will 
"disclose / virtually nothing"; 
and a human speaker who 
tends a garden, searchingly 
vulnerable as she tries, 
through insufficient language, 
to process unruly states of 
feeling, intimations of mortali- 
ty, and the persistent hunger 
for intellectual certainties. The 
memorable lyricism makes an 
immediate connection to read- 
ers; students reading it in my 
classes often name it as their 
favorite book of the semester. 

Larry Wolff, European histo- 
ry: A History of Private Life, 
edited by Philippe Aries and 
Georges Duby, translated 
from the French by Arthur 
Goldhammer, five volumes 
(Harvard, 1987-91) 

These stunningly illustrated 
and beautifully translated vol- 
umes explore the history of 
private life, from the ancient 
world to the 20th century, 
evaluating the historical di- 
mensions of such elusive sub- 
jects as solitude and intimacy, 
marriage and family, fantasy 
and sexuality. Conceived under 
the editorship of two towering 
French historians, the volumes 
employ an array of brilliant 
scholars: for example, Peter 
Brown, the great explicator of 
Augustine, on the loneliness of 
early Christian hermits; Roger 
Chartier, a noted historian of 
books, on the rise, during the 
Renaissance, of solitary and 
silent reading; and the social 

historian Alain Corbin on do- 
mesticity and hysteria in the 
1 9th century. These volumes 
seek to expand frontiers of re- 
search by thinking historically 
about the most intimate as- 
pects of culture and society, 
and they have set a compelling 
agenda for historians. 

Alan Wolfe, American poli- 
tics: The United States of 
Ambition: Politicians, Power and 
the Pursuit of Office, by Alan 
Ehrenhalt (Random House, 

Looking at politicians as they 
are and not as we expect them 
to be, the journalist Alan 
Ehrenhalt showed that people 
increasingly run for office not 
so much for power or gain, but 
because they have chosen to 
devote their lives to the weird 
calling called politics. Liberals 
and conservatives both believe 
in causes to such an extent that 
they are willing to put up with 
the small talk, long hours, and 
bad food that campaigns de- 
mand. And those who make 
good candidates, therefore, do 
not make good leaders, since 
they lack the primary skills for 
achieving success in a divided 
government: the ability to bar- 
gain and compromise. 
Beautifully written, with 
telling examples, Ehrenhalt's 
book is a classic in political 
science that rivals another 
great work in the field written 
in another era by a journalist, 
Samuel LubelPs The Future of 
American Politics (1952). 

Richard Kearney, philosophy: 
River of Compassion: A Christian 
Commentary on the Bhagavad 
Gita, by Bede Griffiths 
(Element Books, 1992) 

Griffiths was a Benedictine 
monk from England who trav- 

eled to India and set up an 
ashram for the study and prac- 
tice of dialogue between 
Christians and Hindus. I have 
to say that the book taught me 
as much about neglected as- 
pects of my own Catholic tra- 
dition as it did about the 
Vedantic traditions of Asia. 
Like Thomas Merton on Tao 
or the Dalai Lama on the 
Gospels, Griffiths brings us 
back home by generously en- 
gaging with ways of thinking 
other than our own. 

Brendan Rapple, library 
science: Being Digital, by 
Nicholas Negroponte (Knopf, 

Writing soon after the birth of 
the World Wide Web, 
Negroponte, founder of 
MIT's Media Lab, provided a 
fascinating overview of how 
digital media transformed our 
lives in the early 1990s and 
foretold the future of life's 
digital dimensions. In particu- 
lar he predicted that the 
change from atoms (physical 
books) to bytes (content in 
digital format) was irrevocable 
and unstoppable. His views 
have been prescient and influ- 
ential in the library world. 
Today electronic databases, e- 
journals, e-books, and a host 
of diverse digital multimedia 
are much more the norm than 
the exception, and libraries 
have changed dramatically in 
the kind of services they offer 
and in how they imagine 

Phyllis Goldfarb, law: 
Minding the Law, by Anthony 
Amsterdam and Jerome 
Bruner (Harvard, 2000) 

Mining anthropology, linguis- 
tics, cognitive psychology, lit- 
erary theory, history, classics, 


Galileo's Istoria 


When librarians look to com- 
memorate the acquisition 
of a 2 -millionth volume, they 
don't honor whatever happens 
to drop through the mail slot 
after number 1,999,999. And 
so it came as no surprise that 
Boston College's 2 -millionth 
book, honored at a ceremony 
in December 2003, turned out 

to be Istoria e Dimostrazione Intorno alle Macchie Solari e 
Loro Accidentia and not Diirs Hardy Trees and Shrubs. 

Istoria, or History and Deinonstrations Concerning 
Sunspots and Their Properties, was written by Galileo 
Galilei and published in Rome in 1613. A collection of 
treatises in the form of letters to a German patron, 
the book describes Galileo's observations of sunspots. 

"Today this short book would earn Galileo three 
Nobel Prizes," contends Daniel Coquillette, the Monan 
Professor of Law and a rare book scholar. He cites the 
book's proofs that the earth revolves on its axis and 
around the sun, and Galileo's positing of the principle of 

The volume was a gift from Angelo and Wega Firenze, 
drawn from the collections of Wega Firenze 's late father, 
Pasquale Sconzo. A mathematician and astronomer, 
Sconzo was an IBM research scientist who, in Italy in the 
late 1920s, bought an inexpensive box of books at an 
estate sale without knowing that it contained the Galileo 
treasure (recently appraised at between $20,000 and 

At more than 2 million, Boston College's book hold- 
ings are among the top 100 in the country, in the range of 
libraries at Georgetown and Boston University. Harvard's 
1 5 million volumes are the most held by an American 
university. Nicole Estuanik 

"Page Turner" an annotated slideshovs-tour of the Galileo 
book, may be viewed on the magazines @BC website at Click "'Archives.'" 

and poetry, the authors try to 
identify the primary methods 
by which law works — catego- 
rization, narration, and persua- 
sion — and to understand more 
richly what sort of "way of 
life" law is. For example, in 

analyzing the Supreme Court's 
opinion upholding the consti- 
tutionality of the death penalty 
despite staggering evidence 
of race discrimination in its 
application, the authors 
demonstrate that while the 

underlying reasons for the de- 
cision are tied up with 
American cultural narratives 
about race and the death 
penalty, these reasons are 
shielded from critical scrutiny 
by the rhetoric the court 
chooses to use. Reading a 
court opinion is a richer enter- 
prise after experiencing 
Amsterdam and Bruner's book, 

Diane Vaughan, sociology: 

The Social Meaning of Money: 
Pin Money, Paychecks, Poor 
Relief, and Other Currencies, by 
Viviana Zelizer (Basic Books, 

This book not only rechan- 
neled economic sociology but 
also had an impact on econom- 
ics. Attacking the understand- 
ing of money as a uniform 
commodity with established, 
unvarying worth, Zelizer shows 
how individuals reinterpret its 
economic worth in social 
terms. Her book is a social his- 
tory drawn from archival docu- 
ments, including women's 
magazines, household manuals, 
court cases, and memoirs. In it, 
she describes an "earmarking" 
process by which women, busi- 
ness, and government have 
revalued money through such 
innovations as pin money, 
money as gifts, food stamps, 
and other welfare monies, 
which divest currency of its 
impersonality and embed its 
value in social ties. 

Peter Gray, psychology: 
The Adapted Mind: Evolutionary 
Psychology and the Generation of 
Culture, edited by Jerome H. 
Barkow, Leda Cosmides, and 
John Tooby (Oxford, 1992) 

Perhaps the most significant 
development in psychology in 
the past 20 years is the in- 
creased use of evolutionary 

theory to inform psychological 
theories about the human 
mind, a movement referred to 
as evolutionary psychology. The 
Adapted Mind is a manifesto for 
this movement and a descrip- 
tion of many of its accomplish- 
ments. The chapters — authored 
by leaders of this movement — 
show how evolutionary theory 
has been useful in constructing 
theories of cooperation, mating 
and sex, parenting and child 
development, language, the 
mental foundations of culture, 
and sleep, where, for example, 
evolutionary theory posits that 
sleep came about to preserve 
energy and to protect individu- 
als during that portion of each 
day when there is little value, 
and considerable danger, in 
moving about. 

Colleen Griffith, theology: 
She Who Is: The Mysteiy of God 
in Feminist Theological 
Discourse, by Elizabeth A. 
Johnson (Crossroad, 1993) 

This is an historic book, be- 
cause how one speaks of God 
influences current and future 
Christian thought and prac- 
tice. Johnson connects feminist 
and classical wisdom to recast 
the "persons" of the Trinity in 
metaphors that have female 
resonance. She begins with 
"Spirit-Sophia," whom she de- 
scribes as the living God 
vivifving, empowering, and 
gracing the world. Then she 
moves on to describe "Jesus- 
Sophia" as Wisdom made 
flesh, and "Mother Sophia" 
who is origin, creator, and 
source of life. This recasting is 
not just conceptually and 
morally adequate, it is inspir- 
ing and emancipator}'. 
Christian theology must grap- 
ple with the expansive vision 
of God offered here. 

16 SUMMER 2004 


Making the world a safer place for Aunt Hermina 

The team, with prototype of Assist. From left: Logan, Scali, Barciauskas, and Pavlov 

Their invention inspired by a 
team member's 8 7 -year-old 
aunt, four Boston College stu- 
dents placed second in the in- 
augural Microsoft Windows 
ChallengE, held March 19-21 
at Microsoft's Redmond, 
Washington, campus. 

Juniors Andrew Logan, 
Greg Pavlov, and Joel Bar- 
ciauskas, and sophomore Dan- 
iel Scali, all computer science 
majors, received $3,000 — and 
$1,000 for the University — for 
their design of an inexpensive 
home sensor, dubbed Assist, 
that checks for unusual heat 
fluctuations, smoke, and carbon 
monoxide. When a dangerous 
change is detected Assist, which 

runs on a rewired computer the 
size of a paperback copy of War 
and Peace, e-mails or sends a 
cell-phone text message to 
someone outside the home. 

Logan's great-aunt 
Hermina inspired the project. 
"She wanted to keep her inde- 
pendence," says Logan. Assist 
allows seniors to live alone 
knowing "someone will know 
if something goes wrong" or 
"if they accidentally leave the 
stove on." 

The competition required 
students to create a device on 
the theme "Making the World 
a $afer Place." The group 
worked on the project for a 
year. Computer science lectur- 

er William Ames, formerly an 
engineer at Hewlett-Packard, 
helped develop the $264 pro- 
totype. Associate Professor 
Robert Signorile was the 
team's advisor. 

The students made im- 
provements to Assist until days 
before the competition. "We 
never really got the chance to 
test out the carbon monoxide 
detector," says Barciauskas. 
"We didn't want to blow up 
our prototype," explains 

Twenty-nine teams, repre- 
senting 2 1 universities from 
across the United States, par- 
ticipated in the competition. 

Paul Voosen 


Boston College has reached an 
agreement in principle to pur- 
chase St. Stephen's Priory, 
encompassing 78.5 acres on 
the Charles River in Dover, 
Massachusetts, from the 
Dominican Fathers Province of 
St. Joseph. The property, which 
BC will use as a retreat and 
conference center, includes 
buildings totaling 68,792 
square feet. More than 1,400 
BC students participate in 
University-sponsored retreats 
each year. 


Joseph Halli '05 of Northport, 
Alabama, has become the fifth 
BC student in seven years to 
win a Truman Scholarship. The 
award, which recognizes lead- 
ership and public service, pro- 
vides $3,000 for senior year 
and $27,000 for graduate 
study. Halli will apply his grant 
toward a law degree and a 
master's in social work. BC 
was cited last year as a Truman 
Honor Institution for its suc- 
cessful participation in the 
scholarship program. 


• Paul T. Banks '39, MA'4i, 
assistant professor of mathe- 
matics at BC from 1948 to 
1982, on July 12, at age 87. 

• Christopher Catanese '05, 
honors student in the College 
of Arts and Sciences, on July 6, 
at age 21. 

• John R. Eichorn, founder of 
the Campus School and pro- 
fessor emeritus of the Lynch 
School of Education, on June 
9, at age 90. 

• Ruth O'Connell Fallon, direc- 
tor of admissions for the 
Graduate School of Social 
Work from 1964 to 1989, on 
June 17, at age 91. 


Goodbye to all that 


Towers on the Heights is 2 8 min- 
utes of flickering, jumpy, crack- 
ling 16-millimeter home movie. 
Produced by a volunteer crew 
of faculty and students in 1956 
at a cost of $2,500, Towers was 
ordered up by then Boston 
College President Joseph R.N. 
Maxwell, SJ, as a means to 
extend the geographic range 
of student recruitment. Eight 
prints were made, and over the 
course of about 10 years, those 
prints were exhibited by a net- 
work of alumni admission vol- 
unteers who projected the BC 
story onto portable screens in 
church halls, furnished base- 
ments, and high school audito- 
riums across the country. 

And then the time of Towers 
passed, and all the copies went 
missing except for two that lay 
in canisters in a storage closet 
in the offices of the University's 
audiovisual department until 
1987, when John (Jack) Foley 

'56, who had worked on the film as a student and who is cur- 
rently an administrator in BC's facilities management office, 
asked Dave Corkum, a producer at audiovisual services, to 
look around for copies of the movie. Corkum found the can- 
isters and transferred their contents to videotape, from 
which they were rendered into bits and bytes, in which form 
they were presented on Boston College Magazine's @BC web- 
site, under the tide "Distant Spires," which is how, on one 
recent afternoon, I came to view the film four times in a row 
from my desk chair in a chaotic office on a bluff overlook- 
ing the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon. 

Some observations: 
• Everyone at BC in 1956 is well dressed: suits, ties, flowing 
dresses; swirling cassocks; jaunty birettas; ROTC uniforms. 

Film clips (top): A Jesuit in the Sc 
Officers Training Corps. In the editi 

• Gasson Hall appears so often 
that it is arguably the hero of 
the film. 

• A priest-professor in the 
chemistry lab seems to be 
changing wine into water. 

• Many faces are, as my grand- 
ma used to say, maps of Cork. 

• The fair Ophelia, descending 
a staircase in a snippet from a 
production of Hamlet, looks 
oddly ecstatic, or perhaps tipsy. 

• A hamster is manhandled 
without any apparent regard 
for its self-esteem or NTH reg- 
ulations yet to be promulgated. 

• The claim is made straight- 
faced that there is an archery 
bow on campus for every stu- 

• During the clips of the BC- 
Holy Cross football game at 
Fenway Park, the Eagles' tight 
end jumps the snap on a play 
where BC's halfback darts into 
the Crusader end zone. 

• Physics professor James Ring, 
SJ, in the longest set-up joke in the film, punts a football 
to, apparendy, Iowa, and then winks into the camera for a 

This is a serious movie, however; serious in its earnest 
portrayal of Boston College, and serious also in haunting 
ways that its creators could not possibly have intended: its 
guileless persuasiveness, its freedom from irony or cynicism, 
and particularly the quiet confidence of the Catholic world 
the movie portrays. 

That world is pointedly celebrated in the film with refer- 
ences to chapel, and set pieces on hymn singing and on the 
Mass of the Holy Spirit that opened the academic year in 
the 1950s (and still does today). While Fr. Ring's comic role 
as the greatest punter in history is the star turn, other priests 

hool of Education, and the Reserve 
ng studio (bottom) is Jack Foley. 

18 SUMMER 2004 

are shown at work (a very young Fr. Francis Sweeney teach- 
ing outdoors) in the background (presenting awards to stu- 
dent cadets on the Dustbowl). Without ever saying so, the 
movie makes clear that priests were in charge at Boston 
College in 1956, both literally and figuratively. 

That Catholic world in which priests were prime and un- 
questioned authorities is gone now, both on the Heights and 
in the world at large, and only the most sentimental among 
us would mourn its demise overmuch. It was never as 
sweetly monolithic as it appeared, anyway; the Catholic ge- 
niuses Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton were trying to 
wrench the Church back to radical simplicity then, for ex- 
ample, and the hierarchy was silencing such eloquent vision- 
aries as John Courtney Murray. The true measurement of 
the dustiness of the Church in the 1950s is the word shout- 
ed by Pope John XXIII in 1962: aggiomamentol open the 
windows! let in fresh air! Nor were the 1950s in the United 
States all that simple and peaceful: The icy savagery of the 
Korean War, the oily national paranoia led by Joe 
McCarthy, the violent death throes of American apartheid, 
the advent of the birth control pill — much more was hap- 
pening on and off campus than is intimated in the earnest 
Towers on the Heights. 

And Boston College is, to be blunt, a greater university 
today than it was then, by every measure. Yet it would not be 
great, or be alive at all, without the confidence, dedication, 
and zest captured by the students and faculty who made 
Towers on the Heights. 

The first rule of the universe is entropy — all things fly 
apart, from marriages to empires. The second rule is that 
nothing dies utterly if one works at knowing and preserving 
its spirit. So marriages may be reinvented, and nations rise 
to new grace and maturity. And the Jesuit university emerges 
from the acid bath of modern and postmodern times an in- 
stitution that is less sure, less prideful, less at peace than it 
was in 1956; but more interesting, challenging, difficult, 
powerful, and capable. The Heights is no longer a place 
from which one looks out upon the world. The Heights is 
the messy and glorious world. 

Brian Doyle 

Brian Doyle is the editor of Portland Magazine, at the 
University of Portland, and the author of Leaping: Revelations 
and Epiphanies (Loyola, 2003), a collection of essays. Towers on 
the Heights may be viewed on the magazines @BC website, Click "Archives, " then "Distant Spires. " 

clean slate — The stained glass 
windows of Bapst Library's Gargan 
Hall are being fully restored for the 
first time in the building's 76-year 
history. The windows were de- 
signed by the artist Earl Sanborn 
in Gothic Revival style, and each 
section portrays an aspect of the 
University's curriculum of studies 
at the time of the building's con- 
struction. At left, technicians from 
Serpentino Stained and Leaded 
Glass remove the panes, which 
will be sent to the company's 
workshop in Needham, Massachu- 
setts. The panes will be soaked 
overnight in a solution of hot 
water and soft soap, rubbed clean, 
and then reassembled in new fix- 
tures. The restoration of half the 
windows, begun in June, will be 
finished in October. Work on the 
second half will start next summer. 









When the African-American poet Audre Lorde switched 
from wearing eyeglasses to contact lenses, she wrote: 

Once I lived behind thick walls 

of glass 

and my eyes belonged 

to a different ethic 

timidly rubbing the edges 

of whatever turned them on. 

Seeing usually 

was a matter of what was . . . 

behind my brain. 

Now my eyes have become 

a part of me exposed 

quick and risky and open 

to all the same dangers. 

I see much 
better now 
and my eyes hurt. 

Today, as Catholic women increasingly view the Church 
through the lens of gender, many — and I include myself 
among them — think we see more clearly where its problems 
lie, and the hints also of solutions, and our eyes do hurt. 

But what gives women even the right to envision the 

Christianity took shape in a culture where elite men held 
power over other men, and over women and children and 
slaves. As the Church grew and became more established, its 
leaders adopted that same structure, called patriarchy (rule 
of the father) or kyriarchy (rule of the lord). The Church re- 

20 SUMMER 2004 


mained patriarchal through the centuries, as society did, and 
gave religious authorization to that organizing pattern — 
men in charge. 

I am not male-bashing here. Within that system, some 
men have been humanly mature, spiritually advanced; they 
have been very nice to women and even loved them. But the 
system, a pattern of relationship, predetermines the roles 
men and women play. The Church reflects this inequality, 
in its sacred texts, its religious symbols (most importantly, 
God), its rituals, governance, and laws. And as a result, for 
most of the Church's history, women have been silent and 
invisible in the public square. 

When the book I edited, The Church Women Want: 
Catholic Women in Dialogue, was published two years ago, 
one critic told me it should have been 
called "the Church Jesus wants." Some 
people argued that men should have 
been consulted too. But the main criti- 
cism came from men and some women 
who felt that women have no right to 
envision the Church — that we should 
practice the godly virtues of loyalty and 
obedience to what the men in charge de- 
cide is right and true. 

There is ultimately only one source 
of authority for the Church, namely the 
Spirit of God, giver of life and source of 
all love. It is the Spirit who enables the 
community of disciples, the Church, to 
carry forward the word and presence of 
Christ into the world. It is the Spirit who 
makes this living community "the only 
real reliquary of Jesus in the world today," as the Dutch the- 
ologian Edward Schillebeeckx put it. 

In her 2001 Madeleva lecture, delivered at St. Mary's 
College in South Bend, Indiana, and published as Speaking 
with Authority, Mary Catherine Hilkert, OP, developed an 
engaging argument for the religious authority of women's 
voices today. 

First and foremost, she said, in the sacrament of baptism 
the Spirit of God profoundly consecrates every woman. 
Body and soul, a woman is blessed and made holy by this 
participation in God's own life. Like all baptized persons, 
each woman shares in the dying and rising of Christ, be- 
comes in effect another Christ, called to share in his work of 
prophet, priest, and leader. And indeed, Vatican II taught 
that it is not only ordained priests or vowed religious, but the 
whole Church that is called to Christ's mission. We are in an 
age of great rediscovery of the importance of baptism for 
empowering the laity, which includes women, in the Church. 

Second, said Hilkert, through their actual experience of 
living the Christian life day by day, women gain insight into 
the ways of God. Across their whole lifetime, as they age, 



women as well as men are capable of growing in wisdom and 
grace. They can spot what is right and what is wrong, what 
is essential and what is expendable, thanks to their prayer 
and lived Christian experience. 

Third, through their suffering, women also gain knowl- 
edge of the power of sin, and of what needs to be done to 
heal and redeem life, for themselves and others who weep. 
We know by being pressed down precisely what humanity 
requires in order to flourish. The suffering of oppression, 
which must be resisted at every turn, does grant sufferers a 
right to speak. 

The authority of baptism, of Christian life experience, 

and of compassionate suffering — that is what gives women 

of faith the right to envision the Church we want. And the 

growing strength of our voices about 

matters of God in our day is a gift to the 

Church and the world. 




A HUGE ambiguity about women runs 
through the Christian heritage. On the 
one hand, there are sacred texts and laws 
that keep women in a subordinate role. 
These sources are appealed to today by 
people who wish to maintain the status 
quo. On the other hand, there are points 
of light in scripture, in tradition, and in 
official teaching that challenge this 
arrangement. I call these texts and prac- 
tices and teachings, which are also en- 
trenched in our tradition, the prophetic 
strand. They emphasize the solidarity of 
God with the poor and with other peo- 
ple of little worldly influence, women among them. They 
are the supports for liberation theology and feminist, wom- 
anist, and mujerista theologies. Far from assigning domi- 
nance of one group over another, the prophetic pattern 
supposes a Christian community of mutual regard, a disci- 
pleship of equals. 

In other words, two visions — the patriarchal and the 
prophetic — are present in our heritage. Sic et Non, yes and 
no, to cite the title of a famous medieval book by the the- 
ologian Abelard. This, I think, is a source of hope. It makes 
clear that what we have been living with under patriarchy is 
not all there is to Christianity. Something more is possible. 
Consider scripture. We all know the creation story that 
opens the Bible. On the sixth day, "God created humankind 
in his own image; in the image of God he created them; male 
and female he created them. And God blessed them" (Gen 
1 :2 6-2 8a). How simply this text makes a major claim: Women 
and men together, and equally as human beings, are created 
in the image and likeness of God. The New Testament in- 
herited this teaching and gave it a Christian twist. And so an 

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More than 600 people converged on BC's Newton Campus on April 16-17 for a conference entitled "Envisioning the 
Church Women Want." They heard prepared talks by theologians, including Elizabeth Johnson, Miriam Therese 
Winter of the Hartford Seminary, and Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz of Drew University, and joined in workshops whose top- 
ics ranged from the tension inherent in being Catholic and feminist to the U.S. bishops' failed attempt at a "Wom- 
en's Pastoral" 12 years ago (Bishop Matthew Clark of Rochester, New York, was a panelist); from new forms of 
Catholic leadership now being modeled by women to "Is the Church Women Want the Church Men Want, Too?" 

When it was all over, the attendees, who were mostly women, had the opportunity each to leave a written 
response. A sampler: 

I hope for equality and open hearts. 

We are the Church; we have the ability and the power to 
move mountains. 

Just when labor becomes most painful and we think we 
can't go on, the baby is birthed into light and new life. 

Jesus is in the boat with us. We can't sink! 

With the Holy Spirit we can build a new Church. 

I hope I live long enough to see women given their God 
and given place in the Catholic Church. 

A broken heart can lead the spirit to breathe new life. 

I hope women will stop asking for permission. 

We must find, care for, and nourish each other. Perhaps 
for a long, long time. 

That my daughters, granddaughters will worship in a 
Church that recognizes and values all its people. 

I hope we are really at a moment when this envisioning 
can be enacted . . . but I am afraid. 

I need to take some risks. 

I am not alone. 

I hope I can remain Catholic. I have more hope now than 
when I walked in. 

Hope is in every woman whose path crosses mine if I just 
pay attention. And with God's blessing, men will also share 
the load and burden along the way. 

I have one life to live and I will not let the last part of my 
life die out — I will speak my truth. 

I hope that I can be transformed to truly live the message 
of Christ. 

I am a baptized, committed member of the Church, I have 
a place in the Church, I am called by God to bring justice 
and love to the world and to the Church. 

I must stay with the Church to effect change. 

Pages of notes, a hopeful heart, memories of the hundreds 
who gather to keep on through shared strength. 

I can't say I have much hope. 



A report on gifts to Boston College 


Upon learning that the first 
endowed chair in the depart- 
ment of economics had been 
named in his honor, William 
B. Neenan, SJ, said: "As a 
young Jesuit beginning my 
Ph.D. work in economics, I 
never in my wildest dreams 
would have thought that my 
name would be associated with 
Boston College's economics 
department in such a positive 
way." Fr. Neenan, the vice 
president and special assistant 
to the president, went on to 
say, "I am extremely gratified 
and very proud." The William 
B. Neenan Millennium Chair 
in Economics will be present- 
ed to its first chair holder, 

Professor James E. Anderson, 
in a celebratory event on 
October 6, 2004. 

Funded by Margaret A. and 
Thomas A. Yanderslice '53, 
Hon. '03, the chair pays tribute 
to Fr. Neenan 's extraordinary 
25-year career at Boston 
College. Since coming to the 
Heights in 1979, Fr. Neenan 
has served as Gasson pro- 
fessor, dean of the College of 
Arts & Sciences, and academic 
vice president and dean of 
faculties, before his current 
position. Prior to his distin- 
guished sendee at BC, 
Fr. Neenan earned a Ph.D. at 
the University of Michigan, 
in Ann Arbor, and went 

on to join the faculty there. 

In addition to his academic 
accomplishments, Fr. Neenan 
has established several cele- 
brated, decades-long traditions 
at BC. Shortly after his arrival 
from Ann Arbor, the Sioux 
City, Iowa, native initiated a 
luncheon club for BC students 
from the Midwest. The popu- 
larity of this semiannual event 
catalyzed a number of other 
regional social groups for out- 
of-state undergraduates. Fr. 
Neenan also initiated an annual 
"Dean's List of Recommended 
Reading." The University 
community eagerly awaits the 
publication of this book list 
each vear. 

Professor Anderson, the in- 
augural chair holder, is a high- 
ly respected member of the 
faculty and one of the world's 
leading international trade 
theorists. "It is personally 
pleasing to me that this chair 
is named for Bill Neenan, a 
mentor, colleague, and friend," 
Anderson said. 

"Fr. Neenan is the soul of 
the University," said Thomas 
Vanderslice. Vanderslice and 
his wife previously funded the 
Margaret A. and Thomas A. 
\ anderslice '53 Chair in 
Chemistry and the Patricia 
and Joseph T. '49 Vanderslice 
Millennium Chair in 

Wall Street Dinner 
Toasts Academic 
and Professional 

An elegant dinner gala, at 
New York City's Waldorf- 
Astoria Hotel this past April, 
honored Wellington T xMara, 
president and co-CEO of the 
New York Giants. Mara was 
presented with the President's 
Medal for Excellence by 
University President William 
P. Leahy, SJ, for his several 
decades of loyal association 
with the Giants and his active 
participation in religious and 
civic organizations. The annual 
gala supports the University's 
Presidential Scholars Program, 
which, to date, has raised more 
than S12 million in scholarship 
endowment funds. The Boston 
College Wall Street Council — 

Front row (from left): Jennifer Sladek '04, Ellen Burke '04, Elizabeth Bernardi '04, Rebecca Simmons '04, Melinda 
Holme '04, Nika Daragan '04, Laura Pyeatt '04. Back row (from left): Paul Wenger '04, Paul Taylor '04, Patrick Grady 
'04, Wellington and Ann Mara, William P. Leahy, SJ, James Smith '04, Timothy Carraher '04, Matthew Gaul '04 

a network of more than 150 
members of the New York fi- 
nancial community — spon- 
sored the tribute dinner. 
University trustees Peter S. 

Lynch '65 P'01, Robert M. 
Devlin P'98, and Wall Street 
Council cofounder Mario J. 
Gabelli P'90, '94, '95, '00 
served as the event cochairs. 

Advancement is prepared 
by the Boston College 
Office of Development 

24 SUMMER 2004 

During the month of November, the BC Alumni Association will post 
your remembrances in St. Mary's Chapel. Please share with us the 
names of the people you would like remembered by returning this card. 
You may also send your remembrances by e-mail to 

This year's Alumni Memorial Mass will be held on Sunday, November 7, 
at 2 p.m. in St. Ignatius Church. 


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Dear Boston College/Newton College Alumnus/a: 

As the new academic year approaches, we look forward to providing new opportunities to connect you 
with one another and with alma mater. In the spirit of new beginnings, I would like to take this opportunity 
to welcome Jim Husson as the new vice president for advancement at Boston College. Jim brings with him a 
wealth of ideas for enhancing the services we provide to alumni, parents and friends of Boston College 
through closer collaboration among the various offices within University Advancement, including the Alumni 
Association. I am thrilled to be part of the Advancement Planning Team, which comprises senior managers 
from throughout the department, who together will be responsible for strategic planning and decision-mak- 
ing for University Advancement as a whole. 

The start of the new academic year is also the time to welcome the incoming Class of 2008, some 15 
percent of whom are children of alumni. These incoming students join the Boston College community at an 
exciting time of transition, as we gear up to join the Atlantic Coast Conference, undertake a comprehensive 
strategic planning process and launch a fund-raising initiative to support the acquisition of 43 acres of land 
from the Archdiocese of Boston. (For more information on the strategic planning process, please go to During this time of transition, however, our objectives at the Alumni 
Association remain steady: expanding the national chapter program, building a stronger graphic identity, pro- 
moting connections between current students and alumni, and enhancing the all-alumni Reunion Weekend 
and related programming. 

As it has in years past, our board of directors will be instrumental in helping us achieve these objectives. On July i, 2004, Christopher "Kip" 
Doran '68 became president of a board notable for its diversity in terms of geography, gender, class, school affiliation and ethnicity. Kip, who 
lives and works in Denver, where he has served as chapter leader, is the first president from the Rocky Mountains. He is joined at the helm by 
Susan Power Gallagher NC '69, the first vice president/president-elect from Newton College. Kathleen Donovan Coudie '56 as treasurer and 
Julie Finora McAfee '93 as secretary round out this year's officers. The executive committee met over the summer to jumpstart their planning 
for the coming year and to strategize about new ways to serve as ambassadors for Boston College. 

We look forward to welcoming all members of the 2004-05 board at its first meeting on Parents' Weekend, which will kick off with the 2004 
Alumni Achievement Awards Ceremony on Thursday, September 30, 2004, at Robsham Theater. This year's winners truly exemplify the spirit of 
"Ever to Excel," and I hope you will join us in honoring them and their remarkable accomplishments. 

Later in the fall, we will carry on another BC tradition as we honor deceased alumni at a Mass of remembrance on the Feast of All Souls in 
November. Please take a moment to return the inserted remembrance card with the names of classmates and friends you would like to be 

FanFest gets under way this year on September n, when the Eagles take on Penn State at Alumni Stadium. I look forward to seeing you 
there as we begin another exciting year at Boston College. 

Ever to Excel, 

j£b<u^ Cftf^ 


Grace Cotter Regan '82 
Executive Director 



2004 Alumni Achievement Awards 

The Alumni Association is pleased to continue this year its tradition of honoring distinguished graduates at the Alumni 
Achievement Awards Ceremony. This year's ceremony will be held on Thursday, September 30, 2004, at 7 p.m. at Robsham 
Theater. All alumni and friends are invited to join us as we recognize the outstanding accomplishments of 10 distinguished 
alumni. A complimentary reception immediately following the ceremony will be held in the Heights Room. 
Please call 800-669-8430 to make a reservation. 

2004 Alumni Achievement Award Recipients 

Arts and Humanities: Joseph Connors '66 Public Service: Matthew Vossler '84 

Commerce: Richard Syron '66, HON '89 Religion: Fr. Gregory Ramkissoon '81, MA '82 

Education: James R. Powers '33, MA '34 Science: Daniel Downey '70, MS '76 

Health: Judith Krauss '68 Young Alumni Award of Excellence: Elisabeth Hasselbeck '99 
Law: Lauren Stiller Rikleen JD '79 William V. McKenney Award: Fr. Nicholas Sannella '67 

Visit to nominate an alumna/us for the 2005 Alumni Achievement Awards 

Executive Director: Grace Cotter Regan '82 ♦ Class Notes Editor: Anne Merrill 
Boston College Alumni Association ♦ 825 Centre Street ♦ Newton, MA 02458 ♦ 617-552-4700 ♦ 800-669-8430 ♦ i 

To My Fellow Alumni: 

Like so many of us before and after, from the moment that I first walked up Linden Lane with my father in 1963, 
I knew that Boston College was where I would spend my college years. The gleaming eagle atop the pedestal backed 
by the grandeur of Casson Hall told me that this was a place to be proud of, and a place that would always hold a 
special meaning for me. Not only has this proven to be true, the University has grown in stature and continues to 
be a center of excellence and pride. My Boston College affection was enhanced when I married my wife, a fellow BC 
graduate, and watched as our two daughters enrolled and graduated from the Heights in 2000 and 2003. Nothing 
has topped the pride that I felt, however, when I found that I had been selected by you, my fellow alumni, to be the 
president of the Boston College Alumni Association. 

Having resided in Denver, Colorado, for 30 years, I become the first president from the Rocky Mountain region 
and continue the trend of our association to reflect the geographical diversity that is already present in our student 
body. With alumni in all 50 states, what a national presence we have become! 

• Father Leahy, in spearheading the extraordinarily successful Church in the 21st Century initiative, has 
expanded our prominence nationally, including recent dialogues in Chicago, Illinois; Dallas, Texas; and Phoenix, Arizona. 

• Through Executive Director Grace Cotter Regan '82, who serves on the executive committee of the Jesuit Advancement Administrators (JAA) and 
is the subcommittee chair of the JAA annual conference, BC has taken a premier role in collaborating with our fellow Jesuit institutions through- 
out the country. 

• Under the expert leadership of Senior Associate Director Jack Moynihan, we have recently established alumni chapters in Charlotte, North 
Carolina; Atlanta, Georgia; and Westchester County, New York. 

• California has more Boston College alumni than Pennsylvania, Maine, Vermont and Delaware - combined! 

• The number of alumni in Florida and Virginia together equals the number in Connecticut. 

• Together, there are over 5,000 Eagle alumni in the states of Texas, Georgia and Illinois. 

As we become a more national body, we will no doubt come to utilize and depend on electronic communication to keep us close to each other and 
close to Boston College. The Alumni Online Community is an easy way for us to stay in touch with our classmates and colleagues. Online editions of 
Boston College Magazine, The Heights, and The Boston College Chronicle make getting BC news as easy as a mouse click. Front Row gives us access to lec- 
tures, performances, debates and presentations from our distinguished faculty and campus guests - just as if we all lived around the corner from 
Chestnut Hill. 

As each of us takes the talents learned and polished at the Heights to our communities, we demonstrate both the value of a Boston College edu- 
cation and the quality that our university represents. We have much to be proud of as we spread across the country. With the rest of the newly elected 
officers - President-Elect Susan Power Gallagher NC '69, Treasurer Kathleen Donovan Goudie '56 and Secretary Julie Finora McAfee '93 - I look forward 
to an exciting year representing the 140,000 of us in all of the places that BC now touches. 



Christopher (Kip) Doran '68 

President, Boston College Alumni Association 



Christopher M. Doran '68 

Susan Power Gallagher NC '69 
Vice President/President-Elect 

Kathleen Donovan Goudie '56 

Julie Finora McAfee '93 

John J. Griffin, Jr. '65 
Past President 

John E. Joyce '61, MBA '70 
Chair, Council of Past Presidents 

Thomas F. Flannery '81 
Chair, Nominating Committee 

Dawn E. McNair '82, MEd '83 
Chair-elect, Nominating Committee 

Sarah Ford Baine NC '69 
Director, Newton College 

Ann M. Bersani '77 
Director, West of the Mississippi 

Irene Brannelly '02 
Director, Woods College 

Robert E. Burke '69, MA '70 
Director, East of the Mississippi 

Joanne E. Caruso '82, JD '86 
Director, West of the Mississippi 

Raymond Carvey '72, MBA '81 
Director, CGSOM 

William J. Cunningham, Jr. '57 
Development Liaison 

Priscilla A. Durkin NC '65 
Director, Newton College 

John J. Lane '61 
Director, West of the Mississippi 

Patrick M. Lawler '93 
Director, Less than 10 Years 

J. Emmett McCarthy '64 
Director, More than 10 Years 

Floyd B. McCrory '77 
Director, East of the Mississippi 

John B. McNamara '60 
Director, More than 10 years 

Dineen Ann Riviezzo '89 
Director, East of the Mississippi 

Omari Walker '97, MEd '02 
Director, Less than 10 Years 



Class Notes Editor 

Alumni Association 

825 Centre St. 

Newton, MA 02458 

William M. Hogan, Jr. 

Brookhaven, A-305 

Lexington, MA 02421 


James R. Powers (GA&S '34) has been selected 
as the recipient of the 2004 Alumni 
Achievement Award for Education. All mem- 
bers of the Class of 1933 are invited to join in 
honoring his achievements at the award cere- 
mony and reception to be held at 7 p.m. on 
Thursday, September 30, 2004, at Robsham 
Theater, Main Campus. For more information, 
please visit or call 
800-669-8430 to reserve space at the event. 

Lenahan O'Connell 

O'Connell & O'Connell 

31 Milk St., Suite 515 

Boston, MA 02109 


Edward T. Sullivan 

286 Adams St. 

Milton, MA 02186 


Classmates who took advantage of the "buy one, 
get one free" offer of knee and/or hip replace- 
ments will be happy to know that they are guar- 
anteed for 20 years. • The volleyball team is look- 
ing for a few good recruits. To be qualified you 
must be able to jump two feet from a standing 
position. Being on the squad also involves other 
traditional activities such as running in the 
annual Boston marathon (at least as far as 
Natick). • Eli and Doris Darveau are living at the 
Fuller Estates, a retirement community in 
Milton. When we talked to Doris in May, Eli was 
recuperating from a broken leg. Always interest- 
ed in a program of conditioning, Eli swam twice 
a week. On the occasion of the accident, he 
slipped on the wet floor of the shower room. On 
the good news side, Doris reported that one of 
her grandchildren, Kathleen, is entering the 
sophomore class at BC this fall. • "Dib" 
Destefano, despite the loss of his life's compan- 
ion, Rita, is carrying on as usual as the best gar- 
dener on the South Shore, raising a dozen dif- 
ferent kinds of vegetables for friends and family. 
He has an unusual physical problem that he has 
learned to live with. Occasionally, not often, he 
gets a sudden rise in blood pressure that sends 
him to the emergency room of the South Shore 
Hospital where he recovers quickly. This does 
not stop him from a full program of activities. • 
We talked to Dick Vaughan who, despite some 
health problems, is able to remain cheerful. He 
and Mary seem to retain the romance that sur- 
rounded them when they were married in a little 
chapel in Honolulu during the war. Mary makes 
the Old Fashioneds that they have at five o'clock 
every evening. • We can all be proud that our 
classmate Bill Hannan has been inducted into 
the Community Newspaper Hall of Fame by the 
New England Press Association "in recognition 

of his excellence, dedication and outstanding 
contribution to community journalism." 
Congratulations to Bill for a lifetime of hard 
work. • Finally, a sad note. A phone call to Fr. Pat 
Barrett at his retirement home in Portland, ME, 
revealed that "Father Barrett passed away some 
time ago." Exactly when, there was no one there 
who could tell us. The words we used five years 
ago need no repeating: "He had 20 years of 
chaplain service with the Army in Germany and 
Korea, earning him the rank of lieutenant 
colonel. He was a real battlefield priest, saying 
Mass for troops going into the fight. He deserves 
to be remembered and honored." 

Joseph P. Keating 

24 High St. 

Natick, MA 01760 


The curfew continues to toll the knell of parting 
day - and classmates. Mark Dalton died in early 
May after a short illness. He had been living and 
enjoying retirement in Woodstock, VT. Mark 
had a three-pronged career: Navy lieutenant in 
World War II (D-Day landings), political 
(Kennedy campaigns) and legal (representing 
among others the Boston Teachers Union). 
Please remember Mark and his family in your 
prayers. Mary and Joe Keating attended the 
funeral Mass held at St. Ignatius on the BC cam- 
pus. • The class received a nice thank-you letter 
from Lindsey A. Martelli, the recipient of the 
Bishop Lawrence J. Riley scholarship. She is 
from Rutland and is in her sophomore year in 
the School of Nursing. • I regret to report the 
death in May of Dorothy Hilbrunner, the wife of 
classmate Frank Hilbrunner. She was always at 
our luncheons and will be remembered for the 
way she battled her health problems, which 
could have earned her a "profile in courage" 
award. Like Frank she had been active as an 
amateur radio operator. Mary and I were at the 
funeral Mass. Please remember Dorothy, Frank 
and family in your prayers. There may well have 
been other classmates of whom I am not aware 
at both the Dalton and Hilbrunner funerals. • As 
these notes were being submitted, I learned of 
the death of Joe Cosgrove, who died in early 
March. I regret I did not know of it at that time 
because I would have attended his funeral - he 
was an old friend. Joe had been in a nursing 
home the last few years but according to one of 
his daughters he retained his great sense of 
humor and loved to get out in the afternoon to 
smoke his pipe! Joe had been a salesman for 
years with Pillsbury, specializing in spices. 
Please remember Joe and his family in your 

Thomas E. Caquin 

206 Corey St. 

West Roxbury, MA 02132 


Class Notes Editor 

Alumni Association 

825 Centre St. 

Newton, MA 02458 

John D. Donovan 

12 Wessonville Way 

Westborough, MA 01581 


Greetings once again, thank God. Let's start off 
with the good news. Just think of it: As I write 
these notes, we are celebrating the 65th anniver- 
sary of our cap and gown graduation ceremony 
in what was then the football stadium and is 
now known by today's students as the Dust 
Bowl. Even more historically notable, come 
September we will be celebrating the 69th 
anniversary of our freshman walk-up from Lake 
Street and our new identity as BC Eagles. WOW! 
Unhappily, too many of our 1939 classmates 
have accepted earlier invitations to heaven but 
they are still with us in spirit. • This sad 
reminder prefaces the sad news we have 
received concerning the recent deaths in this 
family of BC 1939. In late March, Mary 
McGrath, the beloved wife of James "Sunny" 
McGrath, passed on to her eternal reward. She 
had been a "regular" with Sunny at so many of 
our get-togethers and in addition had been the 
maternal model of seven children and 17 grand- 
children. Then, in mid-April, a nicely written e- 
mail from Jackie Hinson, a daughter of Charles 
Qeary, advised us of his death. Charlie, remem- 
bered as an active and much admired classmate, 
had served for some 20-plus years in the US Air 
Force, retired as a lieutenant colonel and in his 
post-military years was a flight dispatcher for 
Delta Airlines. A long-time resident of Georgia, 
he is survived by his wife, Rita, and by five chil- 
dren and seven grandchildren. Then, in late 
April, we learned of the death of Paul Nagle. 
Paul had not only been active in our class alum- 
ni activities but after his service as an officer in 
the US Navy had headed up the United Way in 
New England. He also had been active as a con- 
sultant serving educational, health and human 
services organizations. He is survived by his 
wife, Kathleen, four sons, four daughters and n 
grandchildren. Our sympathy and our prayers 
go to the surviving spouses, children and grand- 
children of these departed classmates. • Now, let 
us try to turn to some happier news. Peter 
Lynch, the son of the late John Lynch, captain of 
the BC '39 tennis team, informed us that 
Haverhill dedicated its city tennis courts in his 
father's honor this past June. A granite bench 
was engraved with his name and "Ever to Excel." 

You are cordially invited 
to join fellow alumni for the annual 

Veterans Memorial 

Thursday, November n, 2004 

10 a.m. Mass 

n a.m. Remembrance Service 

Reception following 

Both the Mass and Remembrance Service 

will be held in the Heights Room 

in the Lower Campus Dining Facility. 

Please call 617-552-4700 for more information. 3 

• Finally, on to news that may be educational for 
your Baby Boomer children, your Generation X 
grandchildren and your Generation Y great- 
grandchildren. You can now inform them that - 
if all goes well - you (a lucky '39 survivor) are 
well on your way toward saying goodbye to your 
octogenarian identity and hello to your upcom- 
ing new identity as a nonagenarian. (N.B. Please 
note the spelling carefully. We don't want to 
become or to be known as nonogenarians). 
Again, WOW! This prospective change, of 
course, is God willing and that's our prayer, too. 

Sherman Rogan 

34 Oak St. 

Reading, MA 01867 


We regret to report the death in April 2004 of 
Bill Duffey, a retired professor and chair of the 
English Department at American International 
College in Springfield. He served as a pilot in the 
US Naval Reserve, earning three medals and the 
Distinguished Flying Cross. He and Mary 
(Small) Regis were married in 1943. Bill is sur- 
vived by his wife, their daughter, Martha 
Doherty, Stephen Duffey, a granddaughter, 
Grace, a grandson, Craig Doherty, and two great- 
grandsons. He died as he lived, at peace with 
God and man. 

John M. Callahan 

3 Preacher Rd. 

Milton, MA 02186 


As I get deeper into thoughts about submission 
of our column for the BC magazine, I am asking 
that we all take time out to ponder BC's role in 
our lifetime. We have been out over 63 years and 
have been through several wars, several political 
regimes, a severe economic depression and also 
social instability. With many unstable situations 
occurring for us, we had the good fortune to 
matriculate to BC where Jesuit leadership and 
guidance prepared us well for future years. The 
memory of those years is everlasting. As one stu- 
dent of that era pointed out, "Each passing day 
the shadows lengthen. Twilight is nearer than 
the dawn and days of old have gone glimmering 
through dreams that were. Their memory is one 
of the greatest beauty, watered but undimmed by 
human tears." The above says it all as we think 

Please join us for the 

2004 Alumni Achievement 

Awards Ceremony 

Thursday, September 30, 2004 

7 p.m., Robsham Theater 

Celebrate the achievements of 
our most distinguished alumni. 

Complimentary reception following the 

awards ceremony to be held 

in the Heights Room. 

Please RSVPto 800-669-8430. for more info. 

and pray for all of our living and deceased class- 
mates. .• Our annual Mass and luncheon were 
held on the Newton campus on June 9, 2004, 
with classmate Msgr. John Abucewicz the cele- 
brant and Fr. Ed Cowhig and Fr. Simeon 
Saulenas as concelebrants. John's remarks were 
most timely and it was a memorable occasion 
once again to get together to recall old times and 
pray for our deceased class members. The fol- 
lowing classmates attended: John Sherman 
Cullen and wife, Francis X. Blouin and wife, 
John J. Colahan George B. McManama and 
wife, William P. Hannon, Sabino T.P. 
Colamaria and wife, William R. Weiss, Walter J. 
Dubzinski, John M. Callahan and wife, Daniel F. 
Doyle and daughter, Nicholas J. Sottile and sister 
Mary, and Mary McCafferty, the widow of 
Joseph. Those who made reservations but did 
not show were James P. Murray and Joseph F. 
Bishop. • Msgr. Abucewicz and Rev. Saulenas 
both observed the 60th anniversary of their ordi- 
nation to the priesthood. Their picture taken 
with Bishop Sean O'Malley appeared in The 
Pilot on May 28, 2004. • We were all saddened 
by the death of Jack Kehoe who has joined his 
dose FBI associates and roommates Len Frisoli 
and George H anion in God's enforcement divi- 
sion. They served with honor, dedication and 
loyalty and received many commendations for 
exceptional performance of duties. Upon retire- 
ment, Jack was appointed to serve as the com- 
missioner of the Massachusetts State Police 
where he served as a great leader with honor and 
distinction until leaving to head security for 
Boston Edison under President Tom Galligan. 
another classmate. • Our last issue mentioned 
the building named in honor of classmate Rev. 
Gene Brissette at Fairfield University and neg- 
lected to mention another building at Our Lady 
of the Elms College in Springfield named in 
honor of Bishop Joe Maguire. Bishop Joe could 
not attend our Mass due to an orthopedic proce- 
dure. His regards and prayers are for all class- 
mates. • Len McDermott is a frequent and faith- 
ful correspondent from Manassas, VA, where he 
now resides with a son and family. He still is 
very active in several organizations. He sends 
his regards and would appreciate any correspon- 
dence. • Bob Collins writes from Ft. Myers, FL, 
to say hello to all of his friends. Bob has a fami- 
ly problem with sickness at this time. • Peace 
came to Francis McCarthy and Kathleen 
Hannon, wife of William. • If I forgot someone 
or something, please forgive me. Meanwhile 
let's pray for one another and strangers that we 
live in decent health and strength under God's 
guidance until we meet again. AMDG. 

Ernest J. Handy 

180 Main St., Apt. Cn8 

Walpole, MA 02081 


Personal obligations prevented me from attend- 
ing the Laetare Sunday services. I am informed 
the new format was well accepted. Among those 
in attendance were Jim and Helen Stanton, 
Frank and Rita Mahoney, Bob and Mary Muse, 
John Fitzgerald, and Frank Dever. • My contacts 
with the outside world appear to have been seri- 
ously diminished. As a result this column has 
been terribly neglected. For this I apologize and 

You are cordially invited 
to join fellow alumni For the annual 

Veterans Memorial 

Thursday, November n, 2004 

to a.m. Mass 

n a.m. Remembrance Service 

Reception following 

Both the Mass and Remembrance Service 

will be held in the Heights Room 

in the Lower Campus Dining Facility. 

Please call 617-552-4700 for more information 

promise to get back on track in the very imme- 
diate future. I sincerely appreciate your patience 
and understanding. My need for your help has 
increased. PLEASE send me any news item that 
can be included in these Notes. You will not only 
have my gratitude but also that of our class- 
mates. • Twenty-five years ago, i.e., in 1979, 
Gerry La Roche retired after a 30 -year career as 
research linguist with the National Security 
Agency. He soon found out that his "retirement" 
was an illusion in that he has been performing 
chamber music, teaching calligraphy, writing 
articles, polishing his memoirs and keeping up 
with some 15 publications. In addition, Gerry 
continues to enjoy life with his wife, Joyce, their 
six grandchildren and an equal number of 
great-grandchildren. Congratulations. • Congrat- 
ulations also to: (1) Big East Champion BC 
women's basketball team, (2) the men's hockey 
team and (3) the men's basketball team. All three 
brought honor to alma mater. • I had a great deal 
of respect for him as the senior BC class corre- 
spondent but it was not until after his death on 
April 26, 2004, that I discovered that Maurice 
Downey ('28) and I shared the same general 
address here at New Pond Village in Walpole. 
He was, I am informed, as popular here as he 
was with the BC class correspondents. 
Circumstances made it impossible for me to 
accompany the many residents to his funeral 
Mass. To the Class of '28 and to his surviving rel- 
atives, sincerest sympathies. He will be sorely 
missed. • As I write this, it's time to renew foot- 
ball season tickets. Mine is in the mail. I expect 
that I will still be in Section L, Row 24, Seats 13 
and 14. Come on over. • Included in our prayers 
at our memorial Mass on June 9, 2004, was 
John Gibbons who died on August 7, 2003. His 
widow, Jeanne, now of West Harwich, apolo- 
gized for not being able to attend but expressed 
her sincere gratitude to the class. • Jim Stanton's 
notice regarding our annual memorial Mass 
included a list of the others to be remembered. 
It is repeated here: John Sullivan (January 
2000), Marie Mahoney (February 2003), 
Thomas J. Dawson (July 2003), Ambrose J. 
Claus (August 2003), Antoinette Graffeo 
(August 2003), Marie Dever (November 2003), 
James F. Sullivan (November 2003), Francis 
Ready (January 2004) and my own Helen 
(February 2004). May they rest in peace. The 
Mass was celebrated by Joe Nolan capably assist- 


ed by Deacon Frank D'Ambrosio. In attendance 
were Charlie Ahern, Leo Benecchi, Peggy 
Ambrose with daughter Patricia, Agnes and 
Frank Colpoys, Ronnie Corbett, Jennie 
DAmbrosio, Mary and Vin DeBenedictis, Frank 
Dever with daughter Martha, John Fitzgerald, 
Jane and Tom Flanagan, Virginia and Terry 
Geoghegan, Norma and Tony Graffeo, Louise 
and Jack Hart, Jim Hawco, Paul Heffron, Bette 
and Tom Hinchey, Connie Pappas Jameson, 
Gerry Joyce, Paul Livingston, Rita and Frank 
Mahoney, Catherine Malloy, John Mitchell, Jim 
O'Brien, Helen and Jim Stanton, Joan and Dick 
Stiles, Charlie Sullivan, and yours truly. Bill 
Gaine was the only "no show." 

Thomas O'Connell Murray 

14 Churchill Rd. 

West Roxbury, MA 02132-3402 


Before any reports for this issue, we must make 
note of a few errors in the report of attendees at 
our November 2, 2003, Mass and lunch which 
appeared in the Winter issue. First, it was Vin 
Stakutis, then Peg King and finally Frank 
Richards and Genevieve (not Gen. Halim 
Habib!). (Editor's Note: We regret the errors.) • 
Some odds and ends: Gen and Joe Sullivan sent 
greetings from sunny Naples, FL, where they 
escaped the cold North. John Bellissimo tells us 
that Marie had a bad session of rheumatoid 
arthritis and could not make the last gathering 
but is recovering nicely. • Had a note from Jim 
Harvey informing us that our old classmate 
Marty Underwood ('47) is living in Oregon. 
Marty was an FBI man and spent many years in 
Alaska where he was commissioner of public 
safety. • From Kenya, Fr. Tom Heath tells us he's 
had a few minor health problems and is feeling 
better but has a little less energy. • Ernie 
Santosuosso made us aware that in the new 
book on the life of Ted Williams, a couple of '43 
men made news: Ray Sisk, who was recalled for 
Korea at the same time and had served with Ted 
earlier as a Marine pilot, and Paul Healy, who in 
his capacity as assistant city clerk officiated at 
Ted's last marriage. • In the latest issue of 
Boston Magazine, the family of Bob Blute, com- 
plete with picture, was listed as the #10 family. • 
Just heard from Harry Lukachik who says hello 
to all '43ers and is still writing his column "Your 
Voice" in the Connecticut Post. • With many 
thanks to Jim Harvey, we learn that Frank 
Richards is now living in the Marina Bay nurs- 
ing home and would welcome a card or call. • 
We are now planning our annual fall festival, 
Mass and luncheon for Sunday, October 3, 2004, 
with Fr. Dan Moran as celebrant. Mark your cal- 
endar now and watch for details. 

James F. O'Donnell 

3317 Newark St., NW 

Washington, DC 20008-3331 


These notes on our 60th reunion will require a 
follow-up chapter in the Fall issue. All com- 
ments of classmates about the 60th were posi- 
tive and enthusiastic. At the outset we now 
pause to remember in prayer four classmates 
whose earlier passing was noted in the In 
Memoriam section on page 32 of the Spring 

issue of the magazine: Antonio G. Armata, 
Harry A. Crovo, Walter H. Maloney and George 
L Mclaughlin. Along with their families, they 
were remembered at our reunion Mass in St. 
Mary's Chapel and also at the BC alumni memo- 
rial Mass on June 6, 2004, in Gargan Hall. The 
Reunion Committee, as listed in the Spring 
issue, was ably headed by William Mclnnes, SJ, 
who gave the moving homilies at the '44 Mass 
and the alumni memorial Mass, as well as the 
invocation at the Golden Eagle luncheon. Msgr. 
Joseph Alves presided at the Mass in St. Mary's 
Chapel. Concelebrants were Msgr. William 
Glynn, Msgr. William Roche, Rev. Thomas 
Mooney and Fr. Mclnnes. Joseph Delaney assist- 
ed as deacon. Mary Keefe arranged the music 
and served as cantor. The first reading was by 
Don White, the prayers of the faithful were by 
Leo Wilson and the preparation of the gifts was 
by Jean Dart, Ellen Dellea and Barbara Shea. We 
were privileged to have several wives at both the 
Mass and luncheon, including Fran Anderson, 
Rita Bernhardt, Elaine Boyle, Audrey Brash, 
Dorothy Connor, Ruth Corkery, Irene Cox, 
Frances Daly, Eleanor O'Connor, Jean Dart, 
Patricia Delaney, Ellen Dellea, Catherine 
Duggan, Ellen Durant, Eleanor Finigan, Marge 
Fleming, Marie Lang, Madeline Larkin, 
Catherine Minihan, Betty O'Connell, Jeanne 
O'Donnell, Virginia O' Grady, Mary O'Leary, 
Barbara Shea, Ruth Soles, Frances Spatola, 
Virginia Thomas and Barbara Wilson. Frank 
Doherty gave your columnist inspiration for 
spotlighting wives and widows when he wrote in 
the reunion notebook: "Thank the Lord for giv- 
ing me the grace to be with my classmates (on 
the 60th) and their lovely brides." In writing this 
special reunion column, it is indeed fitting to 
remember my predecessor, Jim McSorley, and 
his loyal helpmate Charlotte, Jim's widow. 
Together they were sparkplugs for so many '44 
reunions and events. Hopefully Charlotte will 
join us at the next '44 gathering and will encour- 
age other wives and widows to join us there. 
Hopefully, we need not wait five years before 
coming together back at the Heights. Kudos for 
our very successful 60th are certainly due to 
toastmaster Bob O'Leary, bank-roDers of the 
open bar Martin Coleman and John Finigan, as 
well as to Dean Don White, show-n-tell star John 
O'Grady and the entire Reunion Committee 
headed by Fr. Mclnnes. Here our Class of 1944 
gives kudos to President William P. Leahy, SJ, 
for meeting head on and with welcome trans- 
parency the challenges facing Jesuit universities 
in the 21st century; to Alumni Association 
President John J. Griffin, Jr. ('65), who came to 
our 60th reunion luncheon, to the Golden Eagle 
luncheon and to so many alumni events and BC 
Club meetings across America in the last year; to 
Alumni Association Executive Director Grace 
Cotter Regan ('82); and to Program Assistant 
Karleen Greene ('02). Each of them led with 
grace and left no stone unturned in helping each 
class to enjoy and savor their visit this year to the 
BC campuses, programs and classes. More on 
this great reunion in the next issue, including 
Tom Donelan's finding regarding Paul Burns on 
Tinian Island as reported in Major General 
Sweeney's World War II book, War's End. 

Louis V. Sorgi 

5 Augusta Rd. 

Milton, MA 02186 


Joe Harrington's wife, Mary, died on June 15 in 
Belmont. She and Joe have nine children and 
nine grandchildren. The sympathy of the class is 
extended to Joe and his family. On June 8 we had 
our annual memorial Mass for our deceased 
classmates. Paul Paget did a terrific job as chair- 
man of the event. We had 23 classmates, plus 
Barbara Driscoll, wife of deceased John Driscoll. 
Fr. Pat Kelly celebrated the Mass along with Fr. 
Vin Burns, SJ, and Fr. William Mclnnes, SJ 
('44). The luncheon at Gasson Hall was excel- 
lent. This year instead of a speaker we had an 
open discussion regarding our 60th anniversary 
celebration in 2005. We had many good ideas 
ranging from a luncheon and Mass plus two or 
three days away in New Hampshire, Vermont or 
Cape Cod. I am on the committee along with 
Paul Paget, Leo McGrath, Paul Ryder, Jack 
Kineavy, Jack McCarthy, Bill Hamrock and Bill 
Cornyn. We ask that you write or call with your 
ideas and preferences for meeting sites. • Bill 
Corbett has written to me with ideas about golf 
on Cape Cod and a book of our academic and 
war experiences. Bill's wife, Ann, has won spe- 
cial awards at the Cape Cod Art Association and 
is recognized as a Cape talent. • Congratulations 
to Bill Cornyn on his two great-grandchildren. 
Please let me know if there are other classmates 
with great-grandchildren. Bill hosted a "legends" 
golf match at Hatherly golf course. He of course 
won the money by one stroke of yours truly and 
his foursome. Our members have diminished 
with only six of us playing now. We eliminated 
the discussion regarding handicap by playing 
scramble. • I met Jim Finigan at a BC event and 
he tells me that his mother, Betty, is now living 
in Maine. • On the medical front the news is not 
good. I would suggest that all of us remember 
sick and ailing classmates in our prayers, includ- 
ing Joe Figurito, Bud Curry and Joe Bellissimo 
and his wife, Ellen. • Again I remind all of you 
about the Boston College Institute for Learning 
in Retirement (ILR). It is a great place to learn 
and socialize with BC people and others. We 
have fall, winter and spring sessions with 18 dif- 
ferent subjects for you to choose from. If you 

You are cordially invited 
to join fellow alumni For the annual 

Veterans Memorial 

Thursday, November 11, 2004 

to a.m. Mass 

11 a.m. Remembrance Service 

Reception following 

Both the Mass and Remembrance Service 

will be held in the Heights Room 

in the Lower Campus Dining Facility. 

Please call 617-552-4700 for more information 5 

would like to learn more about this, call 617-552- 
2950 or write ILR, 825 Centre Street, Newton, 
MA 02458. • Last but not least, another great 
event to attend is the Boston College Varsity 
Club Hall of Fame dinner on Sunday, November 
7, 2004, at the Sheraton-Needham Hotel. This 
year there will be an 11 a.m. Mass followed by a 
luncheon at 12:30 p.m. This is truly a great event 
and a great way to recognize our excellent ath- 
letes from Boston College. That's it for now, but 
please keep me informed about what is going on 
in your lives so that I can keep your classmates 
up to date. 

Leo F. Roche 

26 Sargent Rd. 

Winchester, MA 01890 


Richard J. Fitzgerald 

P.O. Box 171 

North Falmouth, MA 02556 


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Timothy C. Buckley 



46 Woodridge Rd. 


Wayland, MA 01778 


Fr. Angelo Loscocco died in April after a brief ill- 
ness. He had just completed the 51st anniversary 
of his ordination to the priesthood. He was well 
loved by his parishioners and friends. He was 
the celebrant at our annual Mass for our 
deceased classmates. Requescat in pace. • 
Related to our previous class notes, some addi- 
tional ministries that our classmates are 
involved in include drivers for Meals on Wheels, 
readers for the visually impaired, hospice visi- 
tors and repairers of audio/hearing-impaired 
equipment. Such wonderful ways to reach out to 
others in need. • 1948 was certainly a year to 
remember: New York subways went from a nick- 
el to a dime, and the Motion Picture Academy 
Award for best picture of the year went to 
"Hamlet," starring Laurence Olivier who was 
adjudged the best actor. Best actress was Jane 
Wyman for her role in "Johnny Belinda." • The 
annual Mass for our deceased classmates will be 
held on September 28, 2004. 

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William H. Flaherty, Jr. 

44 Concord Rd. 

Billerica, MA 01821 


To start off, Eileen and I took part in Laetare 
Sunday on March 21, 2004. It was a complete 
change from all the others we had attended. 
With more of my classmates spending the win- 
ter in Florida each year, I expected the number 
attending to be down, which unfortunately 
proved to be the case. It was a 2 p.m. Mass with 
Boston College President William P. Leahy, SJ, 
presiding. Complimentary coffee and dessert 
followed in the Heights Room at the Lower 
Campus Dining Facility. Class President John 
Carney and Madelyn were there as well as Vin 
Nuccio and Mary Rose, Arthur Ashur and Anne, 
and John CahUl and Louise. That was it! • Lou 
Vesco called me to report the death of Bill 
English who passed away peacefully on May 10. 
Our condolences to his wife, Loretta, with whom 
he shared 57 years of marriage. He had five chil- 
dren, 12 grandchildren and one great-grand- 
child. Bill served five years in the US Navy dur- 
ing World War II and held five major battle stars. 
. Speaking of World War II, Fr. Paul McCarty 
informs me that a year ago he joined a group 
from his World War II infantry division for a 
"battlefield tour" of areas they had fought and 
traveled through from Amsterdam to Berlin. He 
had a very unusual feeling "to walk at one's ease 
in the warm sunshine through some fields 
where it was dark, wet, nasty and dangerous 60 
years earlier." He attended the annual reunion of 
his outfit (104th Infantry Division) in 1988 and 
"since I appeared in clerics and Roman collar, 
they appointed me chaplain." He keeps busy at 
Campion in Weston running a sort of drugstore 
where he hands out toiletries to the men at their 
health care center. He helps out at nearby parish- 
es, one sisters' convent and two nursing homes. 
He runs a lot of errands and writes the obituar- 
ies for the deaths at Campion. • Our reunion was 
fast approaching as I wrote this in late May. I 
was signed up to attend the parade of classes on 
June 5 and the Golden Eagle Society luncheon 
served the same day at 1 p.m. Joe Cotter, John 
McQuillan, Jim Whelton and, I am sure, others 
as well were working hard to reach our class 
fund-raising goal. Thanks to them for their great 
efforts. • On May 2 many of us attended the 
musical "Anything Goes" at the Robsham 

Theater on campus. Attendees included Mary 
Amsler with Rose Crowley, Beatrice Lennon, 
Eleanor McCabe, Arthur Ashur and Anne, John 
Bradley with Joseph and Genevieve McCarthy, 
Charlie Brennan with Marion Fahey, Paul 
Breslin, Bill Butler and Ann, John Carney and 
Madelyn, Ernie Ciampa and Margaret, Bill 
Cohan and Frances, Ed Croke and Mary, Garrett 
Cullen, Eileen Doucette and Mary Dowd, Phil 
Doyle and Alice, Bill Flaherty, Jim Garvin, Gerry 
Hagerty and Theresa, Bert Hanwell and Ann, 
Jim Houlihan and Tina, Bernie McCabe and 
Kay, Vin Nuccio and Mary, Gerry PucUlo and 
Joan, Peter Rogerson and Paula, Don St Andre 
and Amedia, and Jack Waite and Pat. Signed up 
but unable to attend were Joe Quinn and Alice 
and Leo Joy. Also among the missing were John 
Hickey and Mary. I know it was opening day at 
the Hatherly Country Club - guess where they 
were? • Please let me know of any happenings in 
your life to keep the column filled. Happy 55th! 

John A. Dewire 

15 Chester St., No. 31 

Cambridge, MA 02140 



On March 10 2003, 1 picked up a pacemaker and 
defibrillator at the West Roxbury Veterans 
Hospital. I am going to call the whole thing "Big 
Ben." I have received no material from Boston 
College for this magazine since 2003. I believe 
that we have hit the "law of diminishing 
returns." Therefore, send me some news items. 
• In late May, I attended the dedication of the 
World War II memorial in Washington, DC. I 
was with the Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge 
association, of which I am a life member. They 
are better known as VOBOB. We were the 
largest contingent of World War II veterans 
there - over 1,250 counting wives, children and 
other relatives. I stayed at the VOBOB head- 
quarters - the Marriott hotel in Falls Church, 
VA. I remember from Fr. J.F.X. Murphy's US 
history course that George Washington wor- 
shipped at Falls Church. Due to medical prob- 
lems, I was not able to go to Normandy, France, 
on June 6, 2004, to observe the 60th anniver- 
sary of D-Day. Time marches on! • The Boston 
College Class of 1950 golf tournament was held 
this year at the Atlantic Golf Club in Plymouth 
on June 17. Ed Brady as usual put a lot of work 
into the tournament, as he does every year. Many 
thanks to Ed. I hope a good time was had by all 
who attended. 



Ann Fulton Cote 

n Prospect St. 

Winchester, MA 01890 



Thanks to all of you who took the time to vote for 
Susan Power Gallagher ('69) for vice president 
and president-elect of the Boston College 
Alumni Association. Susan's election speaks of 
her own hard work and of her support in the 
Newton College community. Congratulations to 
Susan! • Word has come of the death of Tess 
McGrath McGuire ('51). Please pray for her. I 
still remember Tess's wonderful humor which I 


know will light up eternal life. • I see Mary 
(Chic) LaBonte White ('50) at the Newton 
College alumnae book club. When I ask for 
news she tells me that she has lunch with her 
classmates Helene Sweeney Doyle, Connie Ryan 
Eagan, Mary Lou Julian Natoli and Norma 
Fallon Timmerman. • Send news! 

Joseph A. Ryan 

28 Guilford Drive, P.O. Box 1167 

Harwich, MA 02645 


More than half a century ago, classmate Pat 
Roche (BSBA) and his brother, Bud, turned the 
key on the first "Roche Brothers" store - a mod- 
est meat and produce enterprise in Roslindale 
Square. The year was 1952. This past June, 
"Roche Brothers Supermarkets" opened its 13th 
store in Mashpee (the first on Cape Cod). 
The small meat-and-potatoes grocer has 
developed into specialty-stores-within-a- 
store. Congratulations to Pat on his remark- 
able accomplishment. • Bill Casey writes 
from Fitchburg to report that his/our classmate 
Moe Rahilly and his wife, Patricia, celebrated 
their golden wedding anniversary. (Bill and his 
wife, Julia, achieved the golden two years ago.) 
Lifelong friends, Moe and Bill followed up their 
MS degrees in library science with 40-year 
careers as professional librarians. Each retired in 
1990 - Bill as library director for Fitchburg State 
College, and Moe as library director at 
Northeastern. There's another dual accomplish- 
ment: Between the two, they have 24 grandchil- 
dren! • Peace came to the following, all World 
War II veterans: Bob (Robert J.) Barrett (South 
Braintree, where he grew up). Navy. AB in math. 
Paul Duff (Peabody, 1997, where he grew up). 
Marine Corps. Government major. Bernie Katz 
(Newton, 1996). Native of Brookline. Navy. 
BSBA in accounting. Ed (J.) McAuliffe 
(Falmouth, 2002). Grew up in West Roxbury. 
Army (1st and 3rd). Five battle stars in European 
Theater of Operations. BSBA in marketing. 
Retired broker (Merrill Lynch) and banker (vice 
president-senior trust officer, Cape Cod Bank & 
Trust). Pat Montouri (Lexington, 2002). Native 
of Watertown. Navy. BS in history and govern- 
ment. (Note: I will try to find out why most of 
these deaths are just being revealed at this late 

Edward L. Englert, Jr. 

128 Col berg Ave. 

Roslindale, MA 02131 


Since the last news column, we heard from Cape 
Codders Joe Tuleja, Rita Walsh McGowan and 
Dick Tilley. From the western part of the state, 
we received notes from Dave Murphy, Jim 
Parsons, Bill Gauthier, John Loughman, Larry 
Murren, Art Powell and Joe Shay. Enjoying 
retirement in California are Kathlyn Kahle, Paul 
Kendrick, Tom O'Maley and Eric Johnson. Also 
from out of state we heard from Joe Keohane 
and Mike Roarke (Rhode Island), Paul Reardon 
(Florida), Stan Mielczarek (Maryland), Robert 
Lupien (North Carolina), Vin Beninati 
(Pennsylvania), Tim O'Connell (Ohio), Mrs. 
Harold MacDonald and Gene Clark (New York) 
and J. Paul Hickey (Connecticut). From Milton 

we received hellos from Paul Daly, Will Hynes, 
Fred Tarpey, Nyal McA'Nulty, Barry Driscoll, 
Lex Blood and Paul Stanton. We also heard from 
Sandra (Mrs. Michael) McCarthy, Emil Macura, 
Msgr. Peter Martocchio, Tom McElroy, Frank 
McGonagle, Bob Trirnper, Bill Smith, Shirley 
Carney, Frank McGee, Bob Freeley, Frank 
Sullivan, Fr. Paul Curran, Fr. Hugh O'Regan, 
Gene Giroux, Mary McCabe, Kay Gallagher, 
Henry Trask, Jack Monahan, Phyllis Dustin 
Smith, Paul Nolan, Herb Emilson, Ed Gordon, 
Charlie Daly, Charlie Haney, Larry Durkee, Mrs. 
Terry McCoy, Bob Barry, Bill Curtin, Frank 
Doyle, Anthony Loscocco and Joe Doyle, a faith- 
ful '52 follower. Classmates north of Boston 
included Jim Callahan, Jim Birmingham, John 
P. Sullivan, Hugh Doyle, Joe Miett, Bill Terrio, 
Nick Carbone, Beatrice Ames, John Kellaher, 
Walter Foley, Joe Muscato, Charlie Hanafin, 
Fred O'Sullivan, Bill Newell, Gene McAuliffe, 
William Colbert, John Irwin, Steve Casey, 
Murray Viehl, Dick Bangs, Don Shanahan, Fr. 
Henry Jennings, Ellen Lavin, Pat Clancy, Ed 
Goulart, Jim Sullivan, Alice Kain Berry, Marie 
O'Connor, Bob Shannon, Joe McCall and Bob 
McAulifTe. Still living in Boston are Fran 
Duggan, Lenny Hardy, Frank O'Brien, Jack 
O'Connor, Frank Whelan and John Kennedy. • 
Lenny once told me the only time he left 
"Southie" was when he went to Italy with the 
88th Infantry Division in World War II. He 
won't tell me which place was safer! I remember 
when many of us thumbed from the circle at 
Holy Name Church every day. I had a next-door 
neighbor who went to Regis and occasionally 
she would give me a ride to BC. One snowy day, 
while thumbing, I happened to be fourth in fine 
and she came by. She had two of her friends with 
her and only had room for three passengers so I 
had to wait for the next ride. A few years later, 
however, I got back at her - I married her! I'm 
happy to say that after 50 years, when she sees 
me walking around, she usually stops to pick me 
up! Sometimes I even get to sit in the front seat! 
• Al Sexton had his annual spring luncheon at 
the Vanderbilt Inn on the Gulf in Naples in 
March and, as usual, it was a swinging time. 
However, Al did not anticipate having seven peo- 
ple removed from the premises for swinging on 
the chandeliers! After he explained to the police 
that it was BC 1952's annual spring luncheon, 
everyone was readmitted and peace was 
restored. Enjoying the day were Jim Callahan, 
Jerry Dacey, Lois Doyle, Bob Doherty, Barry 
Driscoll, Bill Doherty, Jack Donovan, Vin 
Greene, John McArdle, Al Johnson, Jim 
Kenneally, Dick McLaughlin, Dick McBride, 
Nick Gallinaro, Dan McElaney and Dave 
Murphy. Frank McDermott played a lot of golf 
there on his vacation and I was told he got a 
"hole in one." I was quite happy for him, only to 
learn it was while playing miniature golf! Also at 
the luncheon were Lex Blood, Jim Leonard, Bill 
Newell, Doris Marr, Tim O'Connell, Joe 
O'Shaughnessy, Bernie O'Sullivan, Paul 
Clinton, Dick Ring and Bernie Smith. Forty-nine 
people attended and plans are already being 
made for next year. • Al completed his 14th year 
as an usher at the Red Sox spring training camp. 
Jim Mulrooney retired as an usher last year, and 
I heard he is being considered for the Ushers 

Hall of Fame. His flashlight and seating plan 
were to be retired at a spring ceremony. Al was 
considered for the MVU (most valuable usher) 
until he lost six people in the fog at a night 
game. • Frank Devin celebrated his 75th birthday 
in June with a surprise party thrown by his chil- 
dren at his home in Framingham. Frank is 
enjoying his retirement from Polaroid, playing 
frequent rounds of golf and attending his grand- 
children's many sporting activities. Thanks to 
Frank's daughter Therese ('84) for this informa- 
tion. • Please send news. 

Jim Willwerth 

19 Sheffield Way 

Westborough, MA 01581 


My thanks to all of my classmates who sent me 
a note or personal greetings of congratulations, 
support or sympathy on being elected your new 
correspondent. The results will only be as good 
as your input. • The Class of 1953 held its 10th 
annual golf tournament on Wednesday, June 9, 
2004, at the Wayland Country Club on Old 
Sudbury Road in Wayland. The format was the 
popular scramble. Prizes were awarded for the 
first-place team, nearest to the pin on two differ- 
ent par-threes and a longest drive contest. The 
committee members for this event were Jim 
"Ace" Willwerth, Fred "Eagle" Good, Dick 
"Birdie" Horan and Paul "Par" Coughlin. As we 
went to press the following golfers had signed 
up for play: Fred Good, Ray Kenney, Bill Ostaski, 
Gerry Pyne, Spike Boyle, Jack Coleman, Walter 
Corcoran, Dennis Cronin, Art Delaney, Tom 
Vanderslice, Bob Willis, Bob Sullivan, Don 
Burgess, Phil Dolan, Jim Low, Jack Lynch, Bob 
McCarthy, Dick Horan, Jim Willwerth and Paul 
Coughlin. Results next time. • On Sunday, May 
2, 2004, 53 classmates, spouses, significant oth- 
ers and friends attended the Theater 
Department's production of Cole Porter's 
"Anything Goes" at the Robsham Theater. After 
this performance we moved to the Father Shea 
room at Conte Forum for a social hour and buf- 
fet dinner. Classmates attending were met by 
President Paul Coughlin and his wife, Mary 
Anne, who were accompanied by Austin Smith 
and Barbara. Vice President Bob Willis and his 
wife, Mary, enjoyed their dinner at a table with 
Dennis Cronin and his wife, Priscilla, and Frank 
Stapleton and Marie. During the social time the 
classmates shared experiences about our suc- 

You are cordially invited 
to join fellow alumni for the annual 

Veterans Memorial 

Thursday, November n, 2004 

10 a.m. Mass 

11 a.m. Remembrance Service 

Reception following 

Both the Mass and Remembrance Service 

will be held in the Heights Room 

in the Lower Campus Dining Facility. 

Please call 617-552-4700 for more information. 7 

cessful 50th reunion party last year. As my wife, 
Mary, and I mingled with the group we had the 
opportunity to visit and talk to Bill Martin and 
Irene, Joe Carroll and Patricia, and Pat and Leo 
Casey. As we talked with Art Delaney, Muriel 
advised us that the knee replacement was work- 
ing just great. Phil Kerrivan, never lost for 
words, had a story for everyone. Matt Flaherty 
and Marie were having an extra good time. Matt, 
a graduate of the Evening College, had invited 
some of his classmates to join us. Eight of them 
sat together and seemed to enjoy sharing old sto- 
ries. They were John and Anne Dacey Foley, 
John Hoell and Mildred, along with Julia Hurley 
McCarthy and her husband, Bill. John and Mary 
McLaughlin rounded out that group. Dick 
Curran and Judith Golden gave us our update on 
the political climate in Woburn. Dick's son is the 
mayor and his report is always enjoyed. Joe 
Tower and Maureen shared a table with Sal 
Venezia and Eleanor. And as was expected the 
conversation went back to their days at Latin 
School and the early days at Boston College. 
Dick Horan and Joan were on their way home 
from Italy and didn't make the meeting 
although they signed up to be there. Other class- 
mates attending were Fred Conroy and 
Katherine, Jack Costa and Mimi Costa Iantosca. 
I also had the chance to meet with Jim 
Livingston and Mary, Jack Lynch and Christine, 
and Carole and Richard Scalise. Also spotted in 
the group were Jan Solone, Bob Sullivan and 
Elizabeth, and Joan and Frank Ward. • I have 
received a note from State Representative Kevin 
G. Honan, who represents the 17th Suffolk 
District covering Allston and Brighton. 
Representative Honan told me that a statue of 
our classmate and Olympic champion Harold 
Connolly will be unveiled this summer. This 
statue will be located on the campus of the Taft 
Middle School on the corner of Warren and 
Cambridge streets in Brighton. Harold over- 
came a physical disability to win a gold medal in 
the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne, Australia. 
Harold's story has received much coverage from 
local press, as well as from Robert Lipstyle at 
The New York Times. This statue will serve as a 
source of inspiration for many future genera- 
tions of athletes. Congratulations, Harold. When 
we went to press I didn't have a firm date for this 
unveiling. • Have a good summer and keep e- 
mailing me the news. 

Please join us for the 

2004 Alumni Achievement 
Awards Ceremony 

Thursday, September 30, 2004 

7 p.m., Robsham Theater 

Celebrate the achievements of 
our most distinguished alumni. 

Complimentary reception following the 

awards ceremony to be held 

in the Heights Room. 

Please RSVP to 800-669-8430. 

Visit for more info. 

David F. Pierre 

P.O. Box 72 

Prides Crossing, MA 01965 


Over 200 classmates gathered at our 50th 
reunion on June 3-6, 2004. It was a unique class 
in many ways: some were the first in their fami- 
ly to attend college and most commuted from 
the greater Boston area. The few boarding stu- 
dents at that time lived up at the Leggat estate. 
The rest of us carpooled or used the MTA. All 
men were required to wear suitcoats and ties. 
After graduation, many of us went into the mili- 
tary and then went on to break into the fields of 
finance, law and education. Some built their 
own businesses. Our class has a number of 
grads who went on to become acclaimed judges, 
distinguished professors and leaders in the 
fields of nursing and education. One of our 
classmates would become a governor, another 
would become a president of the American Bar 
Association and still another, a federal commu- 
nications commissioner. Thanks to the out- 
standing Jesuit and lay teaching, our class was 
able to five up to the school motto of "Ever to 
Excel." • We learned from Joan T. Kennedy that 
in April, Sister Therese of the Child Jesus, ODC, 
(Therese Sullivan) invited her School of Nursing 
classmates to the Monastery of the Discalced 
Carmelite Nuns in Danvers for a Mass of thanks- 
giving in honor of the Golden Jubilee. Fr. John 
Thomas (brother of Terry Thomas McKinney) 
was the celebrant and, during the Mass, the 
deceased members of the class were remem- 
bered: June Dunphy Keough, Elinor Ryan, 
Maureen Tobin Hughes and Betty Wyman. At 
the conclusion of the Mass, a warm welcome 
was extended by the Mother Superior, and all 
were invited to meet the sisters and visit with 
Sister Therese during lunch. The Carmelites had 
even produced a souvenir book containing indi- 
vidual pictures of the nurses, reproduced from 
Camitian, the School of Nursing yearbook. 
Enjoying this special day were Audrey Brady 
Hughes, Anne Como Green, Grace Devlin 
Mullen, Ann Donovan Haskins, Ruth Dynan 
Sweeney, Joan Kennedy, Mary Kent Goudey, 
Alice Logue Lawler, Ginny O'Brien Cahill, Ann 
O'Malley Dominick, Sister Therese of the Child 
Jesus and Terry Thomas McKinney. For many of 
the nurses, this joyous day at Carmel would 
probably be the highlight of the 50th reunion. • 
In its 25th anniversary collector's edition, Cape 
Cod Life magazine selected journalist Tom 
O'Connell as one of the top 100 "influential" 
people on Cape Cod. He has been writing his 
newspaper column "On Addiction" for Cape Cod 
publications since 1986. Also, as publisher of 
Lifestyle Journal at, he pro- 
vides 200 public service essays designed to pro- 
mote better understanding of the addictions. 

Class Notes Editor 
Alumni Association 
825 Centre St. 
~>xr Newton, MA 02458 


Marie J. Kelleher 

12 Tappan St. 

Melrose, MA 02176 



I want to begin this column by offering congrat- 
ulations on becoming Golden Eagles to all mem- 
bers of the Class of 1954. From those of us from 
the School of Nursing come not only congratu- 
lations but thanks to both undergraduate class- 
es. Those of you who were in the last of the five- 
year program were role models who provided 
the leadership that encouraged us to become 
involved in activities in the School of Nursing 
and with the alumnae. Those of you in the four- 
year program were our mentors, the ones who 
were our "big sisters," welcoming us to the 
school, and who were there to answer our ques- 
tions and ease our anxieties. Now on to our 
class. • Many of us attended several events that 
occurred during the Arts Festival. Jim Martin 
and Dick Doherty ('56) were at my table during 
dinner and shared many reminiscences, includ- 
ing the trials and tribulations involved in com- 
muting to campus each day. • I had a note from 
Pat Lavoie Grugnale in which she shared the fact 
that she and Nick had gone on a lovely cruise. • 
We have another author in our class. Dick 
Carpenter has spent part of his retirement pro- 
ducing A Railroad Adas of the United States in 
1946, V0I.2: New York and New England States. 
It currently has a publication date of March 
2005. He also reported that his son, John ('84), 
celebrated his 20th reunion. • From the Editor's 
Corner: Jean O'Neil urgently requests that those 
of you who have not sent back your survey ques- 
tionnaire do so as soon as possible. The com- 
mittee involved in preparing your information 
for the publisher will be hard at work early in the 
fall in order to meet the publication deadline. 
Your cooperation is both needed and appreciat- 
ed. Don't miss the opportunity to be included in 
the yearbook. • In the last issue, I mentioned the 
hard work being done by Paul Croke as he tries 
to find everyone who was originally in the class. 
He has asked me to tell you that his work will 
begin in earnest in the fall. If you have any infor- 
mation about a classmate who is not receiving 
mail from the class or who has died, please con- 
tact the Alumni Association. We want to make 
certain that everyone has the opportunity to 
receive the yearbook. • Now our time has come. 
We are entering our Golden Eagle year. It will 
culminate in a ceremony during which the uni- 
versity will honor us in a special way during our 
reunion in June 2005. Notice that I said June. 
Because of the logistics involved, it has become 
necessary to hold commencement and reunion 
on two separate weekends. • Because November 
is a month for remembrance, I would like to 
invite you to join me on November 11, 2004, at a 
special Mass and remembrance celebration 
sponsored by the Alumni Association. It is 
designed to honor all veterans, living and dead. 
Mass will be celebrated in the Heights Room of 
the Lower Campus Dining Facility at 10 a.m. It 
will be followed by the ringing of the bells at 11 
a.m. and the remembrance ceremony. A light 
lunch will follow. This may be your only notice 


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the planning committee and would be proud to 
see you there. 

Jane Quigley Hone 

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Manhasset, NY 11030 




Steve Barry 

200 Ledgewood Dr., Unit 406 

Stoneham, MA 02180-3622 


The Class Committee has begun planning for 
our 50th reunion celebration and has set up a 
committee to plan a major trip next summer. We 
also need people to work on committees for 
other reunion events and the yearbook. You can 
send suggestions for events to me at the address 
above. For this coming year we are planning a 
football game in September, a basketball game 
in January and the St. Patrick's Day show in 
Waltham put on by Bob Eagle's Reagle Players, 
who have completed their 36th year of present- 
ing musicals in Waltham. • Tony Massirnino has 
been designated as an accredited senior real 
estate specialist by the National Senior Real 
Estate Council. Tony has been^with the Jack 
Conway Company in Hanover for 26 years. • 
Brian Concannon had the pleasure of introduc- 
ing his son, Brian Jr., at a ceremony at BC High 
honoring alumni for their commitment to serv- 
ing others. Brian Jr. was honored for his work in 
Haiti, where he successfully prosecuted a num- 
ber of those responsible for one of the massacres 
several years ago. • John Surette, SJ, is now 
assigned to Chicago, where he directs "a center 
for contemplation, reflection and justice in the 
Ecozoic era." • Dan and Carolyn Kenney Foley's 
granddaughter is starting her freshman year at 
BC. • Dave and Ann Maguire Finnegan now 
have 11 grandchildren (the latest two arriving last 
December and Good Friday) from their five sons 
and daughters. Ann is teaching in a Fairfax 
County, VA, public high school and Dave is with 
a law firm in Washington, DC. • Dick Toland 
retired in December and planned a trip this 
summer visiting as many baseball parks (and 
seeing games) and national parks as he and his 
wife, Louise Burke Toland, could fit in. • Marie 
and I were unable to be at the Laetare Sunday 

Mass this year because we were in the process of 
selling our house, as I reported in the last col- 
umn. The Mass was in the afternoon due to a 
change in the St. Ignatius schedule. Instead of 
the traditional communion breakfast there was a 
reception at the Lower Campus Dining Facility. • 
The daughter of Louise Tomasini Horn Sayles 
died recently after a long battle with cancer. 
Louise McCall Crawford, Joan Piekarski Croteau 
and Carole Mahoney Flynn recently attended a 
memorial service for her. After the service they 
reminisced about their days as roommates at the 
School of Nursing and discussed plans for 
attending our 50th reunion. Please remember 
Louise and her daughter in your prayers, as well 
as all classmates and family members. • Once 
again, thanks for your e-mails and letters. Your 
classmates want to hear what you're doing! Let 
me know via e-mail, letter or phone call. 


Patricia Leary Dowling 

39 Woodside Drive 

Milton, MA 02186 


Francis E. Lynch 

27 Arbutus Lane 

West Dennis, MA 02670 

The annual BC Arts Festival took place on May 1, 
2004. Classmates who attended were Pat Vacca, 
Dom Emello, Paul McNulty, Bill McQueeney, 
Peg Kenney, Mary Lou Hogan, Betty and Jim 
Turley, Norma Cacciamani and Lawrence Hojlo. 
Some attended the concert and others attended 
the musical "Anything Goes." All attended the 
dinner and were quite happy with all the events 
of the day. The students and faculty made sure 
the day was a joyous celebration of the arts 
through the scheduled events. • Jim Devlin 
reports another very successful annual golf out- 
ing at the Sandy Burr Golf Club in Wayland on 
May 19, 2004. It was a picture-perfect day for 
this fine golf event. Bill Cunningham, as always, 
came through again with the BC golf caps. The 
winning team captains were Frank Higgins and 
Charlie Fox. All were very much encouraged to 
see Ed Coakley at the event. Ed visited with the 
group prior to tee time and seems to be recover- 
ing very well from his extended illness. Ed is 
starting to swing the clubs once again and hopes 
to be playing very soon. Other classmates who 
played included, by team, Larry Chisholm, Paul 
Daly, Bill Cunningham, Dave McAvoy, Bill 
McQueeney, Ed Brickley, George Hennessy, Joe 
McMenimen, Don Fox, Tom Ahearn, MM, 
Gene Mahoney, Paul McAdams and Dick 
Dowling. Congratulations to Jim Devlin for 
doing such a great job once again as chair of this 
annual class golf classic. Jim also notes that 
Frank Cousineau ('51), former BC football great 
who is on the operational staff at the club, went 
out of his way in extending a special welcome to 
our class group. • Our annual football dinner 
and class reunion will be held on Saturday, 
October 2, 2004. BC will be playing the 
University of Massachusetts. This event each 
year is always a classic. I suggest you mark your 
calendars now and don't miss this one. As in the 
past, there will be a post-game class Mass at 

Gasson with a social hour and dinner thereafter. 
A general class mailing will be sent out outlin- 
ing all the particulars late this summer. • Fr. Tom 
Ahearn recently sent me a copy of his Easter 
2004 pastoral message. Fr. Tom is chaplain at 
St. Teresa's Residence of the Maryknoll Fathers 
& Brothers in Maryknoll, NY. His work mostly 
involves the care of the sick and also includes 
coordinating liturgical celebrations. He works 
with another Maryknoll priest and a wonderful 
group of nurses and aides as part of his ministry 
of healing. • Ed Brickley and his wife, Betsy, are 
new owners of a new condo in Naples, FL. 
Congratulations to you both. Ed, I received your 
letter outlining the great get-together of class- 
mates that took place this past winter in Naples 
but I misplaced it. Sorry for the lapse of you- 
know-what! • Jack Conway recently underwent 
his second hip replacement in early March of 
this year and is back to work as manager of the 
Jack Conway Real Estate office in South Dennis. 
A big thank-you to Dick Dowling for furnishing 
this information on Jack. Dick also related that 
Art Flynn had emergency heart surgery early 
this past February. At this writing, I understand 
that he is doing fine. • William J. Louis recently 
received notice from the International Library of 
Poetry that his poem "The Wall of War" was 
awarded second prize in "The Best Poems and 
Poets of 2003" competition, for which an 
engraved award medallion was given. Bill also 
had two clay pieces and one painting, "The Spirit 
of the Universe," in the juried traveling art show 
earlier this year at the Kansas City Museum, the 
UMB Bank and the Central Bank of Kansas City. 
These works may be viewed on the Internet by 
searching for the name of the show, "Cultures 
Without Borders." • William E. McQueeney was 
one of four recipients of the 2004 St. Ignatius 
Awards, the highest honor bestowed on a gradu- 
ate of Boston College High School, on April 2, 
2004. Bill founded the non-profit organization 
Rural Waters Ventures to provide access to water 
in remote villages of Nicaragua. The organiza- 
tion has seen early success, funding gravity-flow 
drinking water projects in two small villages last 
year. His efforts continue to grow doing God's 
work in that far-off land. • Barry Murphy and his 
wife, Pauly, moved earlier this year to Chestnut 
Hill. Best of luck in your new home. • The class 
extends its condolences to the families of class- 
mates who have gone on to their eternal award: 
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J. O'Ntil and Cecelia M. Young. Also, please 
remember in your prayers our late loyal class- 
mate Paul M. Cochran who passed away last 
June ii, 2003. Peace to you always, Paul. The 
class salutes and congratulates the Class of 1954 
Golden Eagles and especially Louis A. Florio 
('54), an Eagle football great in his day, on their 
memorable milestone. Class dues for the new 
academic year remain at $25. Please remit to Bill 
Tobin, 181 Central St., Holliston, MA 01746. 
Best to you all. 


Marjorie L. McLaughlin 

139 Parker Rd. 

Needham, MA 02494 


David A. Rafferty, Jr. 

2296 Ashton Oaks Lane 

No. 101 

Stonebridge Country Club 

Naples, FL 34109 

In May, yours truly and other Double and Triple 
Eagles from the Class of '58 celebrated their 
50th year of graduation from Boston College 
High School. The '58ers in attendance enjoyed 
golf at the beautiful Pine Hills Country Club in 
Plymouth, cocktails and dinner at the Water's 
Edge Restaurant; 2004 BC High graduation cer- 
emonies where we received our golden diplomas 
and dinner at the Wollaston Golf Course. Our 
class was well represented. Wally Vaughan. liv- 
ing in Franklin, is retired as a teacher/principal. 
Joe Ailinger is a retired elementary school prin- 
cipal. Joe Buckley, living in Kalamazoo, MI, and 
Carmel, CA, is a retired professor and former 
department chair of mathematics at Western 
Michigan University. Joe and Ann are parents of 
four children and have five grandchildren. Al 
Carroll, of Naples, FL, and Scarborough, ME, 
continues his career as an investment advisor 
and enjoys his family and trips to Ireland. Tom 
and Pat Dwyer Connolly live in Needham. Tom 
continues to practice pediatrics part-time. Stan 
Curran, Jr., after serving in the US Army as an 
officer from 1958-83, became security manager 
at Wang Labs and then a paralegal in environ- 
mental litigation at Mintz Levin in Boston. Stan 
and Nancy have three children and eight grand- 
children. John Deady, living in Dedham, is for- 
mer attorney and now assistant clerk at 
Brockton Superior Court. Ed Devin is retired as 
senior vice president at Wang Labs and Fleet 
Financial Group. Ed is enjoying time with his 

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wife, Susan, children and grandchildren, flying, 
sailing, and golf, especially in Ireland. Ed and 
Susan are living in Venice, FL. Bill Doherty is liv- 
ing in Harwich and is a county commissioner in 
Barnstable. Paul and Lynne Dolan, living in 
Milton and Vero Beach, FL, are the parents of 
three children and the grandparents of six. Paul 
did a wonderful job as golf chairman of our 50th 
and is looking forward to retirement from the 
Dolan Funeral Homes. Paul and Lynne gener- 
ously vacated their master bedroom so Jack and 
Betty Horrigan would be comfortable for the 
weekend. Bob Donehy, living in Needham and 
Humarock, is retired and enjoying his six grand- 
children. Walter Gay, living in Branford, CT, 
Tolland and West Dennis on the Cape, received 
his MS in organic chemistry from University of 
Connecticut in i960 and his PhD from 
University of New Hampshire in 1965. Walter, 
since retiring from the Olin Corp. as a consult- 
ing scientist, has been teaching chemistry at 
Southern Connecticut State University as an 
adjunct professor. Joe Giere, living in Potomac, 
MD, and Pocasset, continues to practice ob-gyn 
in DC and volunteers in a clinic. Mike Grady, liv- 
ing in Chestnut Hill and Centerville, practices 
pediatrics and is vice president of Children's 
Hospital in Boston. Mike and Betty, a radiation 
oncology nurse at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, 
are enjoying their five grandsons and look for- 
ward to their winter excursions in Sanibel 
Island, FL. Don Hughes, living in Woburn, 
retired from the Snyder Security Group in 2003. 
Don and Cynthia have four children and five 
grandchildren. Joe Hughes, formerly of 
Hingham, has been living in Brewster on the 
Cape for many years and is a retired vice presi- 
dent of Merrill Lynch working in both the 
Boston and Hyannis offices. Joe and Nancy have 
three children and six grandchildren. Joe plays 
his golf at Eastwood. Frank Kearney is a retired 
sales manager after 30 years in the high-tech 
computer industry. Frank is a Triple Eagle, 
receiving his MBA in 1969. Frank and Sharon 
are living in Pocasset. Gerry Mitchell did an out- 
standing job as co-chairman of the BC High 
Reunion Committee. Gerry is the retired former 
owner, president and CEO of Northeastern 
Envelope Manufacturing Corp. in Boston. Gerry 
and Pat ('57) five in Westwood and Hyannis and 
have three children and three grandchildren. Joe 
Molineaux, living in Yorktown, VA, is retired as 
a colonel in the US Marine Corps and as a York 
County, VA, high school teacher and coach. 
George M. Murphy, living in University Park, 
FL, is the retired director of operations for 
NYNEX Corp. Joe O'Donnell, Jr., living in Silver 
Spring, MD, and Mashpee, is a physicist for the 
US Naval Warfare Center in Carderock, MD, in 
the field of underwater acoustics. Joe and Claire 
have five children and 12 grandchildren. David 
Ojerholm, living in New South Wales, Australia, 
retired from the international pharmaceutical 
industry in 2000. David keeps quite busy play- 
ing in a men's doubles tennis competition that 
runs throughout the winter in Sydney, singing 
with an 80-man barbershop chorus and prepar- 
ing to participate in a marathon in Queensland 
this summer. David and Janet have also lived 
and worked in Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney, 
Australia; Seoul, Korea; Jakarta, Indonesia; and 

Auckland, New Zealand. What an interesting 
life, David! Ray Peacock, living in Ivyland, PA, 
after retiring as an industrial physicist and sen- 
ior staff engineer for temperature sensors in the 
research department of LTV, has started a con- 
sulting business in the temperature sensor area. 
Ray and Elizabeth have 11 children and 15 grand- 
children. Peter Power, living in Red Branch, NJ, 
is retired from a Wall Street partnership. Peter 
and Claire have eight children and 16 grandchil- 
dren. Bob Quinan, living in Norwell, is an attor- 
ney and vice president and senior trust counsel 
at Mellon Trust of New England. Bob Roselli, liv- 
ing in Woburn and Florida, is retired and enjoy- 
ing gardening, travel and walking. Gerry Ruzzo, 
living in Hyde Park and Sugarbush, VT, is a 
retired elementary school teacher in Marshfield. 
Jack Shea is a lecturer in the BC Classics 
Department after receiving his MA and PhD 
from Harvard. Jack and Claudette are living in 
Needham and have eight grandchildren. Tom 
Sheehan ('59), living in Norwell, has retired 
from the Thomas A. Sheehan Company. Tom 
and Lucy spend time camping with and enjoying 
their six grandchildren, walking, gardening, 
reading and following BC sports. John Feloney 
remains active as president of Professional 
Management Systems in Milton with son Tom 
holding the control lever. John and Mary Leigh 
spend their off-duty time with their children and 
grandchildren and look forward to their winter 
escape in Naples, FL. John and Betty (Leary) 
Horrigan are living in Avon, CT. John, "Hoppy," 
is retired from Heublein, Inc. Tom Mahoney 
remains active as president of TJ Mahoney and 
Associates. Bob Moll, living in Cambridge, is 
retired director of Arthur D. Little. Paul Maney, 
living in Belmont, is president of Storrow Co. in 
Cambridge. Paul brought his son, a BC High 
grad, as his playing partner at Pine Hills. As you 
can see from the above, there were many '58ers 
from BC High '54 and not all showed up! • Some 
additional news: Condolences of the class go out 
to the children of Mary Coyle who passed away 
recently. Mary was the widow of Charlie Coyle 
who died soon after our graduation. Bill 
McGovern is living in Hoosick Falls, NY. His 
wife, Mary, recently had foot surgery. I recently 
received a nice note from Bill McGurk. Bill and 
Ann continue to live on their farm in Prince 
Edward Island where they administer to the 
needs of their quarter horses, Nibs and Pip. 
They also cater to the needs of their six grand- 
children, spend a month in France or Italy each 
year and, when allowed by their three sons, 
enjoy occasional sails in Vineyard Sound aboard 
their sloop. Not a bad life! Congrats to Jane and 
Jack "Mucca" McDevitt on the birth of their sec- 
ond grandchild, Matthew, who will divert some 
of the attention away from his sister, Katie Ann. 
The spring fling at the Sheraton in Hyannis and 
the cocktail party at Minihane's Greenhouse on 
the Cape were a huge success. Please let me hear 
from you. I desperately need news from the 
class to fill up this column. Don't forget your 
class dues. Send $25 to Jack "Mucca" McDevitt, 
25 Cedar Rd., Medford, MA 02155. 



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Sheila Hurley Canty 

P.O. Box 386 

North Falmouth, MA 02556 

Frank Martin 

6 Sawyer Road 

Wellesley Hills, MA 02481 

We have now completed our 45th anniversary 
celebrations on June 5 and 6. About 120 attend- 
ed the dinner dance in Gasson 100. I had a 
chance to get caught up with many classmates 
who I had not seen since our 40th and a few 
whom I had not seen since we graduated. It was 
a memorable night and great fun. Peter 
McLaughlin gave us a brief view of the progress 
of the University and the results of our Class 
Gift Campaign, led by Bill York. Thanks to all of 
you on the Steering Committee and the Gift 
Committee for the many nights of planning and 
phone calls and for your commitment to Boston 
College. Thanks also to the Class of 1959 for 
making our 45th a special event. • Bill Parks told 
me that he will be retiring to the Cape from his 
pathology practice in about three weeks. John 
McCormack is semi-retired as professor emeri- 
tus at University of Vermont. The cold winters 
don't bother him or Grace, so he is staying put. 
Charlie McCullagh, who won the award for the 
longest distance traveled, is staying put with 
Celeste in Naples, FL. Art Kaplan, who is going 
to have to rebuild our class treasury for the 50th 
told me that his granddaughter, Jessica, daugh- 
ter of Melisa Kaplan ('85), has had a successful 
kidney transplant donated by her father. Jim 
Cappelletti and Pat are retired. Pat gave me a 
remedy to avoid colds when flying which she 
received from son Tom, a pilot. Frank Collins 
and Gail sat at our table at the reunion and Gail 
told us John O'Connor stories from their college 
dates. John is living in Newton and straighten- 
ing the teeth of our grandchildren when he is 
not attending to his son Matthew, a sophomore 
at BC. Beth Grady and her table of nurses 
seemed to be having a great night of laughter. 
Tom Hughes and Joette left their six-year-old at 
home with a babysitter to attend the dinner. Phil 
Doherty and Pat, Tom Kenney and Mary, and 
Bill Parks and Jane sat at a table at which they 
shared stories about their 20-plus children!! 
Others not mentioned above: Bill Crafty and 

Pauline, Joe Corcoran and Rose, Robin Wood, 
Don Wood's widow (Congratulations! She's just 
received tenure at Connell School of Nursing), 
Jack Wiseman and Peggy, Jack Donahoe and 
Joan, Dave Breen and Brenda, Bob Churchville 
and Margy, Bill Appleyard and Eleanor, Dave 
Brauer and Peggy, Jim Cotter and Agnes, Vin 
Sylvia and Nancy, Bill Sherman and Lucy, Tom 
Whalen and Pat, Dick Roche and Marie, Bill 
Carnes and Ann, Lorraine Bonvouloir Blais and 
Richard, John Deneen and Karen, Ralph 
Lespasio, Jack Madden and Barbara, Joe 
McGuill and Roe, Dick Ganong and Gwen, Joe 
Leary, Charlie Lynch and Peggy, Terry 
MacDonald and Peg, Paul King and Iris, Joe and 
Al Vitale with Angelina and Marilyn, Tom "Gus" 
Mahoney and Eileen, George Malloy and Ruth, 
Art McDonald and Sue, Tony DiMatteo and 
Wanda, Jim Delaney, Arlene Barbeau Desmarais 
and Norm, Owen Quinn, Denis Minihane and 
Janet, Catherine McNrff and Kevin, Mary Lynd 
Schrobsdorff and Joe, Frank McGurl, Katherine 
McGuinness and Jim, Dan Joyce, John Joyce and 
Grace, George Kelley and Eileen, Dan Hanley 
and Mary, Joe Fallo, Bill Shea, Claire Malis 
Kingston and Paul, Ed Kirby and Maria, Elaine 
Geissler, and Elizabeth Walda Keohane. • With 
the great gatherings we have had this year, our 
class plans to continue the momentum by hav- 
ing a class event each year leading up to the 
50th. Stay well and stay in touch. 


Maryjane Mulvanity Casey 

28 Briarwood Drive 

Taunton, MA 02780 


Our Newton College 45th reunion was a gala 
weekend of fun and reminiscence. The celebra- 
tion began with a delightful cocktail buffet host- 
ed by Honey and Peter McLaughlin at their 
Chestnut Hill home. It was wonderful to relax 
together while renewing old acquaintances, 
some of whom had not returned since our 
Newton graduation. (We agreed that we had 
aged gracefully together!) Saturday's activities 
included campus tours of Boston College, lec- 
tures on a variety of timely topics and a Garden 
Party luncheon. Our class gathered on Saturday 
evening at Alumni House (formerly our Newton 
College library) for a cocktail reception and filet 
mignon dinner. Reflections of our college days 
by various class members (including a few hus- 
bands) were a highlight of the evening. Our 
Newton College T-shirts were a surprise bonus, 
too! The weekend festivities concluded with 
Mass followed by a buffet brunch on Sunday 
morning. It was a memorable weekend, and we 
missed those who were unable to attend. Our 
special thanks go to Dinner Chairman Janet 
Chute and committee members Kathleen 
Lawlor, Donna Morrissey, Honey McLaughlin, 
Joanne Hynek and Maryjane Casey. Those 
attending our 45th included Ann (Baker) 
Martinsen, Janet Chute, Dottie (Bohen) 
Graham, Mary Ellin (Burns) Stiles, Ellie (Carr) 
Hanlon, Helen (Craig) Lynch, Pat (Curran) 
Naud, Janet (Chartier) O'Hanley, Joan 
(Coniglio) O'Donnell, Donna (Cosgrove) 
Morrissey, Meg (Dealy) Ackerman, Marie 
(Doelger) O'Brien, Ann (Foley) Flanagan, Ellen 
(Egan) Stone, Janet (Frantz) Egan, Jane 

(Gillespie) Steinthal, Kathleen (Kingston) 
Lawlor, Stephanie (Landry) Barineau, Julia 
Lamy, Glenna (LaSalle) Keene. Sheilah (Lane) 
Malafronte, Gini (Little) Casey, Dean (Maloney) 
Schnetzer, Deanie (Madden) Thornton, Nancy 
(Maslen) Burkholder, Joanne (O'Connor) 
Hynek, Patty O'Neill, Kathleen O'Shea, Janet 
(Phillips) Connelly, Dolores (Seeman) Royston, 
Margit Serenyi, Pat (Sweeney) Sheehy, Sandy 
(Sestito) Pistocchi, Sue (Sughrue) Carrington, 
Bonnie (Walsh) Stoloski, Jane Whitty and 
Maryjane (Mulvanity) Casey. On a final note, we 
are saddened to hear of the sudden death of Sue 
(Macksoud) Wooten's husband, John, in April 
and extend heartfelt sympathy to Sue and her 

Joseph R. Carty 

253 River St. 

Norwell, MA 02061 


Condolences to the family of Bob Cawley who 
passed away in late April. Here was a fellow I 
thought I knew but far from it. Tom Cunnally 
was in the service with Bob at the Boston Navy 
Yard and they had talked about college; both 
applied to BC and were accepted. Bob found the 
going tough and thought of quitting but Tom 
convinced him to stay with it, with the comment 
"If I can do it, you can do it," and he did gradu- 
ate!!!! Tom and Bob lived near each other in the 
Dedham area and worked in the post office and 
attended the same church. Bob was given a sec- 
ond chance by God because in Korea he was so 
badly wounded, the Navy Corps man told him he 
would not make it but he did despite being shot 
in the chest. He survived the night and the next 
morning he was given emergency care and 
spent several months in various Navy hospitals 
before he was sent to the Boston Navy Yard in 
Charlestown so he could be close to home and 
recover from his wounds. Bob was a true hero 
and many of us did not know it. God rest his 
soul. Thank you, Tom, for the rest of the story. • 
Word has it that Tom May is chief justice of the 
Brookline Town Court. Congratulations. • Paul 
Donlan is working as a certified financial plan- 
ner in Holliston. He and his wife spend their 
winters at Foxfire Country Club in Naples, FL. 
Paul met Steve Denapoli and his wife who were 
also wintering in the area. • Our 45th anniver- 
sary will soon be upon us. If you would like to 

Please join us for the 

2004 Alumni Achievement 
Awards Ceremony 

Thursday, September 30, 2004 

7 p.m., Robsham Theater 

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our most distinguished alumni. 

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participate in the planning please e-mail me. Our 
first meeting will be in September. • Hope you 
had a wonderful summer and pray for peace. 


Patricia McCarthy Dorsey 

53 Clarke Rd. 

Needham, MA 02492 


A Newton get-together was held in Naples, FL, 
this past March at Carole Ward McNamara's. 
Elaine Holland Early and I visited Carole and 
John for a wonderful 10 days at Cedar 
Hammock. Kathleen McDermott Kelsh and her 
husband, John, were driving through Naples en 
route to Sanibel Island, so they joined us for din- 
ner. Berenice Hackett Davis and Pete have a 
condo nearby, so were able to test our cooking 
too! It was great to be together again. We had 
hoped that Sally O'ConneU Healy and Kevin 
could be with us, but their plans were centered 
on their daughter, Kathryn, and her imminent 
delivery of triplets. I am happy to report that 
Sally and Kevin became the proud grandparents 
of three girls: Margaret, Grace and Madeline, on 
April 6, 2004, in New York City. Sally loves 
spending time with them in Essex and says that 
the babies are healthy and thriving. 
Congratulations! • Kathleen Runkle O'Brien 
wrote, "My husband, Tom, and I have just cele- 
brated our 43rd wedding anniversary. Sounds 
unbelievable! We five in a suburb of Chicago 
called Glenview. Prior to that we lived away for 
10 years, spending some time in New York, 
Brazil, then back to New York and finally to 
Chicago. We have four sons, three of whom are 
married, and nine grandchildren. Our unmar- 
ried son lives in Denver. I still see Stella Clark 
O'Shea and Jane Wray Ryan at least once a year. 
Now that summer has arrived, I'll be concentrat- 
ing on lowering my handicap." • Betsy DeLone 
Balas retired to Wilmington, NC, in 1994. Her 
married daughter, Liz, lives in Beverly, CA, with 
her husband, Bill, and two toddlers. Her son, 
Neil, lives in New York City. Betsy and her hus- 
band, Bernie, play golf, garden, read, walk, play 
bridge, travel and volunteer at an adult day care 
center which cares mostly for Alzheimer's 
patients. • Our 45th reunion will be held next 
June. We will post the exact dates in the 
November issue. Anyone interested in joining 
the planning committee, e-mail me at It's always been such a 

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Veterans Memorial 

Thursday, November n, 2004 

to a.m. Mass 

11 a.m. Remembrance Service 

Reception following 

Both the Mass and Remembrance Service 

will be held in the Heights Room 

in the Lower Campus Dining Facility. 

Please call 617-552-4700 for more information 

treat to renew friendships and remember the 
days we spent together at Newton. Looking for- 
ward to hearing from you. Have a great autumn! 

Robert W. Sullivan, )r. 

484 Pleasant St. 

Brockton, MA 02303 

Though the attendance at the spring reunion 
Mass and dinner evening was small the events 
were a big success because several people 
attended who have distinguished themselves 
and their alma mater by their excellence in vari- 
ous fields. I hope to provide you with much 
more information on them in my next column. 
• The nature of the position I have held, when 
matched with Internet-based communications, 
gives me the privilege of hearing from many old 
friends from a long way back. Sometimes I end 
up conversing by way of the Internet with some- 
one whom I knew in our youth but haven't seen 
or heard from in a long time. This happened 
recently when Joe Triano e-mailed me to inquire 
of Bill Robinson's current well-being. In the 
process I found out that Joe and Cissy are living 
in Palm Coast, FL. Joe attended the Naval 
Officers Candidate School in Newport, RI, after 
graduation. He spent two years on Arctic cruis- 
es, then cruised into Key West where he met 
Cissy. He held a number of business positions 
while they raised a family of four (now with nine 
grandchildren). If all goes well they are commit- 
ted to attending the 45th. • Joe tells me he 
touched base with Bill Robinson, who holds 
forth in Fredericton, New Brunswick, but win- 
ters in Florida. • I got an e-mail from Bob 
Salvatore who lives in West Peabody and works 
at the Carney Hospital. He describes his inter- 
ests as touch football (until fracturing his jaw), 
writing poetry, tennis, bridge, working out and 
singing at St. Adelaide's in West Peabody. He is 
also part of an interfaith Bible study group in his 
area. The Salvatores have four adult children and 
three grandchildren. • I have a wonderful ally in 
my efforts in writing this column in Peg Collins 
Peg is a very caring and loyal person. She tells 
me that Fr. Dick Harrington is recovering very 
well at St. Patrick's Manor in Framingham from 
a serious health episode. She also informs me 
that Anne Rouse Harding of Natick recently 
passed away. Please join with Peg and many of 
our class in faithful prayers for eternal peace and 
rest for Anne and all of our departed classmates 
and their loved ones. • On a personal note I 
would ask that you include the soul of my moth- 
er-in-law, Bernice Szarek, who went to her 
reward in May. God speed to all. Love ya. 


Martha Clancy Rudman 

1819 Lakeside Drive 

Arlington, TX 76013 

Kathy Hunter, Ellen Carbone and Judy Collins 

replied to my request for notes. They wanted to 
know where we are moving! We will move to 
Franklin, TN, in the fall but are spending the 
summer at the Cape. I will be reverting to my address. Words of wis- 
dom: Don't live in a house for 26 years - too 
much junk. And don't get doubles of photos!!! 
Hope you all have had a great summer. 

Frank and Eileen (Trish) Faggiano 

33 Cleason Rd. 

Reading, MA 01867 

I 781-944-0720 

I spoke with George Van Cott in June and he 
reported that he had successfully completed 
eight months of treatment for a cancerous 
tumor in his back. He is doing well and espe- 
cially wanted to thank his close friends Bill 
Byrne (Atlanta, GA), Karl Krikorian (Providence, 
RI), Dan Sullivan (Andover) and Lou Kirouac 
(Atlanta) for their continuous support during the 
ordeal. We wish George and the rest of us con- 
tinued good health. • In one long overdue note 
of recognition, we congratulate Charlie Driscoll 
for his selection into the Massachusetts State 
Hockey High School Coaches Hall of Fame. 
Serving behind the bench as either an assistant 
or head hockey coach since 1970, Charlie record- 
ed 302 career wins with stints at Archbishop 
Williams, Maiden Catholic, Wakefield and, most 
recently, Medford High School where he 
coached for 17 seasons. • Congratulations to Fr. 
Nick Morcone, abbott at the Glastonbury Abbey 
in Hingham, for reaching the halfway mark of 
his fund-raising goal for a new conference cen- 
ter at the abbey. The center is used for the hun- 
dreds of retreats that are held annually, speaking 
engagements and other spiritual, social and edu- 
cational events sponsored by the abbey. • 
Congratulations to Paul and Mary McNamara 
on the marriage of their son, Paul J. McNamara, 
Jr., ('94), to Jessie Davis. They were married in 
Bermuda where Jack and Rosemary ('65) 
McKinnon, Jim and Anne (NC '62) O'Connor, 
and Bob Capalbo were invited guests. In addi- 
tion, Paul Sr. was invited to join the board of 
directors at the Boston College Club. • A 
reminder that we have a Class of '62 luncheon 
on the first Friday of every month at the BC Club 
and everyone is invited. If you would like to get on 
the mailing list for the luncheon, please e-mail 
Bonnie David at 

Mary Ann Brennan Keyes 

94 Abbott Rd. 

Wellesley, MA 02481 


When old friends connect, it doesn't take long to 
fill in the blanks and pick up where you left off. 
That was the case last week when Marsha 
Whelan, Grace Kane Kelly, Mary Corbett, Mary 
Martha Llewellyn with husband Jack and Pat 
Beck Reardon and her husband, Jack, headed to 
Quebec for a week. They rented a restored recto- 
ry and spent the week touring with Grace, who 
does this professionally, as their guide. Aside 
from wonderful meals, a little golf and a lot of 
laughs, a great time was had by all including the 
two Jacks! Once again, work kept me from join- 
ing some of the old gang! • Just today, I received 
the sad news that Diane Brickley Parsons (also 
known as Dede) died on May 15, 2004, after a 
battle with cancer. Her husband, Fred, wrote 
with such pride of all she had accomplished 
since her days at Newton. Diane received a PhD 
in biochemistry from Boston University in 1972. 
While on the staff at George Washington 
University, her research focused on diseases in 



the back and joints. As a result of her work on 
collagen chemistry in intervertebral discs, she 
received the Volvo Award on Low Back Pain 
Research. From her lifelong work and interest in 
the sciences and in children's diseases, Diane 
moved on in 1979 to co-found, with her hus- 
band, Telemet America, Inc., the first producer 
of a hand-held palm-sized device displaying 
stock market quotes. Diane also spent many 
summers volunteering at the Legg Mason 
Tennis Tournament. Our sympathy to Fred, of 
Alexandria, VA, and her brother, John Paul 
Brickley (USMC ret.) of Tampa, FL. • As I write 
this, I am looking forward to seeing Tony Lilly 
Roddy and her husband, Joe, this weekend in 
Chatham at the wedding of Kristy McCullough, 
daughter of Katie Fishel McCullough and her 
husband, Bill. • Julie McGraw Brown and her 
husband, John, stayed with me a few weeks ago, 
when they were in Boston for a wedding. After 
considering several places to retire to in the East, 
they have decided to stay in San Antonio, which 
has been home for them for many years. I have 
been to San Francisco a few times since January, 
mixing conferences for Voice of the Faithful with 
a visit to the newest of six grandchildren. Chris 
Keyes ('91) and his wife, Ruth, had a baby girl, 
Ainsley Claire, in December. To keep this col- 
umn going, I really do need to hear from all of 
you, so please stay in touch. 

Matthew J. McDonnell 

T2i Shore Ave 

Quincy, MA 02169 


Joe Ciccarelli e-mailed me with some interesting 
news about himself and classmates with whom 
he stays in touch. Joe retired as a data analyst 
with an HMO in upstate New York, after being 
diagnosed with throat cancer. He is now in 
remission and hopes to get back to work soon. 
Joe reports that two of his three daughters are 
married, and the other one is working near 
home. David Ahern and his wife, Susan, remain 
in California near their seven grandchildren. 
Jack DeVeer has raised his two children in 
Atlanta where he is a vice president at Merrill 
Lynch. Mike Gigante is retired from GM and is 
living in Wellesley. Joe Aniello retired as a vice 
president from Liberty Mutual and lives in 
Weston. Tom Hawkes, a long-time resident of 
Naperville, IL, was recently honored by 
Northwood University with its 2003 Dealer 

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Education Award for sponsoring structured 
training programs for at-risk urban youth in 
connection with his Hawk Lincoln Mercury deal- 
ership in Oak Lawn. Ford Motor Company also 
awarded Tom its Hero of the Planet Award for 
his ongoing involvement in urban education 
programs. Diana Newman e-mailed me the sad 
news that her classmate/colleague Diane 
Suchecki Fallon, a registered nurse, died on 
February 11, 2004. Our class prayers are with 
her and her family. I'm sad also to report the 
death last October of Harvey Phelps. He was a 
retired Army officer (ROTC at BC) and had been 
living in Chester, VA. Class condolences and 
prayers are also extended for him and his fami- 
ly. Bill Costley modestly writes to suggest that 
George Perreault be considered his co-class Poet 
Laureate. George is about to have published his 
third book of poems and is a professor of 
English at the University of Nevada at Reno. I 
eagerly await your e-mail and/or traditional mis- 


Judy Albers BoufFord 

1029 North Stuart #105 

Arlington, VA 22201 


Maureen Gallagher Costello 

42 Doncaster St. 

Roslindale, MA 02131 


Bill Murphy was named Man of the Year for 
2004 by Road to Responsibility, a Marshfield- 
based nonprofit organization serving people 
with disabilities. Bill was honored at a fund-rais- 
ing event on July 10, 2004, at the South 
Weymouth Naval air base. For the past 37 years, 
Bill has lent his talents to numerous building 
and real estate development projects on the 
South Shore and Cape Cod. He is a former 
member and officer of the National Association 
of Home Builders and is currently a corporator 
of South Shore Savings Bank. Tom Apprille was 
inducted into the Massachusetts State Hockey 
High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame 
in May 2004 in recognition of his long and illus- 
trious coaching career at South Boston High 
School. Tom was named to the NCAA Frozen 
Four All-Star Team in 1963 and was captain of 
the BC hockey team in 1964. He started coach- 
ing in the early 1970s and landed over 600 
career wins, countless Boston City League titles 
and regular state tournament appearances. 
Michael Ford, SJ, a chaplain at Holy Cross, had 
a shell named for him by the Holy Cross crew 
team. Fr. Ford christened his namesake boat 
before leaving Holy Cross after 20 years as chap- 
lain to become assistant rector at BC. 

Priscilla Weinlandt Lamb 


125 Elizabeth Rd. 

New Rochelle, NY 10804-3106 



I know you all probably opened this issue expect- 
ing to find the reunion write-up in all its glory. 
Well, this column was actually due before the 
reunion took place, so the suspense continues 
for another three months. I do, however, have a 
real treat. A report on what I call "The 

Mullen/ Winslow Wedding of the Year." This 
would be the marriage of Mary Lou 
Cunningham Mullen's daughter, Tracy, to 
Rosemarie Van Eyck Winslow's son, Ward, on 
March 13 at the Sisters' Church of Loretto on 
Saint Mary's, College campus in South Bend, IN. 
Newton classmates in attendance included 
Kathy Wilson Conroy, Morna Ford Sheehy and 
Carolyn Davis Graham, who was Mary Lou's 
maid of honor in what Mary Lou describes as "a 
few short years ago." Maureen Crowley Cahir 
(NC '65), another Newtonite and also dear South 
Bend friend of Mary Lou's, hosted the brides- 
maids' luncheon the day before the wedding. 
But I've saved the best for next! Mary Lou could 
not attend our 40th reunion because her role at 
St. Mary's College involved their reunion that 
same weekend. She did, however, interrupt her 
busy schedule to send me a copy of an article 
that appeared, before the wedding, in the South 
Bend Tribune, written by her daughter, Tracy, 
and describing how Tracy and Ward met. It's 
entitled "Matchmaking Moms Finally Find 
Success," and it's a great story. Keep in mind 
that the Mullens and Winslows have been close 
friends for years, and that Tracy and Ward played 
together as children. And now, in Tracy's own 
words: "Mother knows best? In this case, yes. 
When I moved to Chicago, my mom wanted to 
set me up with Ward Winslow, the son of her 
good college friend. She and Rosemarie have 
been close forever, but I had not laid eyes on 
Ward for 15 years. Five years earlier, Mom urged 
me to meet the very same Ward, a Chicago 
native, when I arrived at Boston College for 
school. Ward was already there, three years my 
senior. Meanwhile, Rosemarie was pushing him 
to meet me. Ward appreciated that kind of 
maternal interference as much as I did. BC is a 
big school but we never connected. Not then, 
anyway. It was in 1998, when I moved to 
Chicago, that our moms gave their matchmak- 
ing talents another try. Again, it was a joint 
strike. 'Meet Ward, you'll like him,' said Mom. 
'Meet Tracy, you'll really like her,' said 
Rosemarie. Finally, we did. Ward offered to be 
my Chicago tour guide and we became instant 
friends. Our mothers beamed. A year later, we 
started dating. Our mothers were thrilled. And 
now we're planning our wedding with, of 
course, the help of our two favorite matchmak- 
ers. Was it fate? Was it destiny? Or was it our 
moms? Whatever, our families, especially our 

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moms, couldn't be happier." Who says storybook 
romances don't happen? 

Patricia McNulty Harte 

6 Everett Ave. 

Winchester, MA 01890 



Linda Mason Crimmins 

R.R. i, Box 1396 

Stroudsburg, PA 18360 



Believe it or not, next spring will be our 40th 
reunion from Boston College. Where have the 
years gone? • Tim Holland recently sent me an e- 
mail stating in capsule form what he has been 
doing for the last 39 years. Tim and his wife, 
Maria, live in Ayer where Tim owns an insurance 
agency. Their daughter, Amy, and her husband 
live in Townsend and recently adopted a baby 
boy from Korea, making Tim and Maria proud 
grandparents. Their son, Eric, is in Nagasaki, 
Japan, teaching English to Japanese students for 
this coming school year. Tim can be seen at 
Conte cheering on the hockey team from Section 
B. He sends his best to all School of Ed class- 
mates. • John Frechette and his wife have 
returned to New England after spending 29 
years in Toledo. They have bought a home at 
New Seabury and are spending the winter 
months in Naples, FL. John would like to be 
included in the 40th reunion plans and any 
other classmates who would enjoy working on 
this committee can e-mail me. • Wedding bells 
rang for the Harte family in April when son Sean 
was married at St. Patick's Cathedral in New 
York City to Therese Auld. Sean and Therese are 
living in New York City where Sean is a director 
of international equities at UBS Securities, hav- 
ing left Goldman Sachs in January. • Bill Sterling 
recently had a design featured in Woman's Day 
Specials, Kitchen and Baths. Bill's firm, Sterling 
Associates Incorporated, is located in 
Cambridge. • Bob Hutchison became a grandfa- 
ther when son Jonathan and his wife welcomed 
Joseph into the Hutchison family. • Bob Berry 
was inducted into the Matignon High School 
Hall of Fame in May for his business contribu- 
tions as the CFO of the Kansas City Southern 
Railway, the Panama Canal Railroad and the 
Mexican railroad TFM. He was also recognized 
for his leadership on a bishop's committee in the 
Diocese of Kansas City and for his military 
record in Vietnam. • As always, I am asking you 
to send me information on what you are doing; 
otherwise you only read about the people that 
Neal and I see in the Boston area. 

Join the 
Alumni Online Community 

The Alumni Online Community is your 
connection to BC: 

• Look up former classmates 
in the Online Directory. 

• Set-up an e-mail 
forwarding address. 

Check the Alumni Association Website at 

for information on registering. 

As I write this, the Class of '64 is celebrating its 
40th reunion. That makes us the next class up 
for a reunion. Start making your plans now for 
the first weekend in June 2005 in Boston. Sign 
up for the Online Community on the BC alum- 
ni site so you can get in touch with some of your 
old roommates, friends and classmates. Let's 
make our 40th (could that be right?) our best 
one yet. • Patricia Noonan Walsh reports that 
she is alive and well in Dublin, Ireland. Pat is a 
professor of disability studies at University 
College Dublin and her husband, Brendan 
(GA&S '66), is a professor of economics. Living 
nearby in Dublin are their older son, Colm, and 
Armelle Mitchell with Aoibhinn (1), and also 
daughter Nessa and Chris Curran with Eliza (9 
months). Benjamin, their younger son, has lived 
and worked in San Francisco, CA, for some 
years. Pat and Brendan are ardent travelers and 
visit the United States regularly to keep up with 
family and friends in Connecticut and 
California. In addition, Pat's work involves regu- 
lar travel throughout Europe. Pat writes that this 
is a time of great change in Europe and also in 
Ireland, which has become so much faster-paced 
and international in outlook during the past 
decade. Dublin has become a high-cost city even 
by European standards with a much more 
diverse population. She writes, "Not far from my 
office, for example, is a huge and very beautiful 
mosque with a thriving Islamic school for 
Dublin's growing Muslim population. These are 
images somewhat different from those in 'The 
Quiet Man,' but the good news is that there are 
still very special, tranquil corners of Galway, 
Mayo and Kerry to explore." Pat sends her very 
warm wishes to all of her classmates. She says 
she will start planning her trip to Boston as soon 
as she knows the dates for our reunion. If she 
can come all the way from Ireland, no one has 
any excuse not to be there! • Lisa Pustorino 
Edmiston is showing improvement after many 
months of wrestling with severe back problems. 
Here's hoping that her back will be well enough 
to use the hula hoop and dance the jitterbug next 
year! Best wishes for a full recovery, Lisa! • 
Please take a moment to send me an update to 
share with classmates. Be sure to include 
"Newton News" on the subject line so I don't 
delete you as spam! See you in June! 

Class Notes Editor 
Alumni Association 
825 Centre St. 
Newton, MA 02458 

Joseph Connors has been selected as the recipi- 
ent of the 2004 Alumni Achievement Award for 
Arts and Humanities. Richard Syron (HON '89) 
has been selected as the recipient of the 2004 
Alumni Achievement Award for Commerce. All 
members of the Class of 1966 are invited to join 
in honoring their achievements at the award cer- 
emony and reception to be held at 7 p.m. on 
Thursday, September 30, 2004, at Robsham 

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please visit or call 
800-669-8430 to reserve space at the event. 

Catherine Beyer Hurst 

49 Lincoln St. 

Cambridge, MA 02141 



Susan Korzeneski Burgess's art can be seen on 
her own Website On 
the home page, she describes her approach to 
painting: "From my earliest memory, I have con- 
nected to the emotive and sensual qualities of 
paint. Now in my 50s, I specialize in plein air 
painting, requiring that I lug my equipment into 
open spaces - through the canyons of New 
Mexico, up and down the hill towns of Umbria 
in Italy, and into New England, West Coast and 
Mexican conservation lands and coastal areas. 
Then, I search for spaces - moments in time 
and place - that elicit feelings I can capture in 
paint. Perhaps it's a mysterious gate left ajar, 
allowing a glimpse of a hidden garden, or a 
mountain mist surrounding the tower of a sixth- 
century abbey or an endless sky showing shock- 
ing blue above a colorfully layered mesa. I also 
look for contrasts between what is seen and what 
is not seen. An ancient fortress wall may provide 
a pleasant contradiction to the gaiety of a con- 
temporary outdoor marketplace happening in 
the square below it, or lush vegetation may have 
found a spot to grow in the desert near barren 
New Mexican rock formations." • Anne Sweeney 
Marschik reports that she and Maureen 
Hamisch Foley were finally able to get together 
in March. In the tradition of Newton friendships 
- which are never-ending and easily restarted 
years after the last conversation - Anne reports 
that she and Maureen had lunch at Maureen's 
home and "chatted and chatted nonstop for 
about two hours. We laughed and laughed. 
Louise Gerrity Vollertsen had planned to join us 
but was sick. Both of my original conversations 
with Maureen and Louise were lengthy. The 
three of us hope to get together soon." • 
Condolences to Pat Foley DiSilvio whose hus- 
band, Alessandro, died last year after a coura- 
geous batde with cancer. 



Charles and Mary-Anne Benedict 

84 Rockland Place 

Newton Upper Falls, MA 02464 

Ft. Nicholas Sannella has been selected as the 
recipient of the 2004 William V. McKenney 
Award, the highest honor the Alumni 
Association bestows on its alumni. All members 
of the Class of 1967 are invited to join in honor- 
ing his achievements at the award ceremony and 
reception to be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, 
September 30, 2004, atRobsham Theater, Main 
Campus. For more information, please visit or call 800-669- 
8430 to reserve space at the event. 
Tom Marichelli writes that his son, Tom ('04), 
has taken a job with Bear, Stearns & Company in 
Manhattan and will be with the financial servic- 
es group. Tommy is living in Hoboken, NJ, and 
finds that there are a lot of BC grads in the area 
who have been very helpful. Meanwhile, daugh- 
ter Annmarie continues working at the New 
England Journal of Medicine in Waltham and 
her sister, Laura, is a legal secretary at Testa, 
Hurwitz & Thibault in Boston. • Joanne Regan 
Frey (GA&S '92) writes that she maintains a fac- 
ulty position at University of Massachusetts at 
Boston. Joanne earned her PhD from BC in edu- 
cational administration with emphasis in health 
education. Joanne bought a condo in Duneden, 
FL, on the Gulf of Mexico and is enjoying her 
snow-free winters. She says she would like to get 
connected with other BC alums in the area so 
give her a call; she's in the book! Joanne spends 
the summer at Peter Pond Park in Sandwich on 
the Cape. She invites classmates to give her a call 
and/or drop by if you're on the Cape. Joanne has 
seven grandchildren to enjoy also. • Jim Day e- 
mails that he came east in July with his lovely 
bride, Judy ('68), to attend the wedding of his 
son Matthew on Cape Cod. Also attending were 
classmates Loren Miller and Paul Giblin. Our 
best wishes to all of you on such a happy occa- 
sion. • Please make an effort to write a note, e- 
mail or phone any news about yourself, your 
family or a classmate that's of interest and that 
you would not mind seeing in print. That is truly 
what makes this column go round. We need 
your help, as this is not a spectator sport. 

M. Adrienne Tarr Free 

3627 Great Laurel Lane 

Fairfax, VA 22033 



Back in the spring, so many months ago, I had 
the opportunity to catch up with Mary Lou 
Hinchey-Qemons at the nth annual tea for 
Newton alumnae in Maryland, Virginia and 
Washington, DC. It had been a few years since 
she attended; several life changes in the interim 
have kept her otherwise occupied. Her husband, 
Sam Clemons, had a major stroke back in the 
spring of 2000 and passed away in March 2002. 
Mary Lou then retired from the US Department 
of Housing and Urban Development in 
September of that same year. She still has a 21- 
year-old son, "Sam 2," living at home in subur- 
ban Maryland, "finding himself and preparing 

for automotive servicing exams so that he can 
get employment in the field that he loves." Once 
he is on his own, Mary Lou is looking forward to 
taking on a new adventure, perhaps some form 
of volunteering, since she loved her three-year 
stint with VISTA back in the early 1970s. She 
keeps in e-mail contact with Sr. Faine McMullen 
at Kenwood and hopes to see more of our class- 
mates at events in the future. • Sandy McGrath 
Huke also was part of our group at the tea. She 
had made some follow-up calls to our local class- 
mates and reported the following news... Carol 
O'Donoghue McGarry is now a two-time grand- 
mother, both boys. Carol and husband, both 
retired, still vacation and hold family weddings 
in New Hampshire, although they are presently 
putting their energy into developing a vineyard 
in Comus, MD. Sandy has joined Nancy 
Schiederbauer Mahoney for some family wed- 
dings in recent years. Nancy's daughter, Molly, 
was married in May 2004 on Daufuskie Island 
off the coast of South Carolina. Sandy described 
the day as a sensory overload - perfect weather, 
balmy breezes, beautiful setting in a gazebo 
overlooking the ocean... "paradise!" Nancy's son, 
Jason, was married in 2002 in a September out- 
door wedding at the Lyman estate in Boston; 
once again there were warm breezes and a har- 
vest moon... "wonderful!" Nancy is CFO for her 
husband's consulting company and is on the 
board of Wilmington Friends School for which 
she was formerly head of the French depart- 
ment. Sandy had her own family wedding in 
August 2003 when son Zachary was married in 
a ceremony in the chapel of his high school, 
Georgetown Prep; he works as an investment 
banker. Son Casey works for Senator Arlen 
Specter on Capitol Hill. Daughter Heidi works 
with autistic children and has a graphic design 
business on the side, sort of following in her 
mother's footsteps. Sandy is a graphic artist 
working for her husband's real estate develop- 
ment company and part-time for a sign compa- 
ny in Rockville, MD. • I hope to receive news 
from more of you in the months ahead for 
future Class Notes. Our NC'67 Prayer Net 
remains available to pass on your requests. I can 
be reached for either of these as noted above. 
Meanwhile, have a glorious fall! 

Judith Anderson Day 

The Brentwood 323 

11500 San Vicente Blvd. 

Los Angeles, CA 90049 

Judith Krauss has been selected as the recipient 
of the 2004 Alumni Achievement Award for 
Health. All members of the Class of 1968 are 
invited to join in honoring her achievements at 
the award ceremony and reception to be held at 
7 p.m. on Thursday, September 30, 2004, at 
Robsham Theater, Main Campus. For more 
information, please visit 
awards or call 800-669-8430 to reserve space at 
the event. 

On May 30, 2004, Richard Giglio wed James 
Kinny, his life partner of 17 years, in a ceremony 
in the backyard of their home in Boston. The 
marriage was presided over by their friend 
Rosaria Salerno, currently a Boston city clerk 
and formerly an assistant chaplain at Boston 
College. Pam Rajpal and Liz Page, both dear 

friends, read poetry and delivered tribute. Frank 
('67) and John Giglio bore witness for their 
brother. The couple will continue to make their 
home in Boston's South End and will be known 
as James and Richard Kinny-Giglio. 


Kathleen Hastings Miller 

8 Brookline Rd. 

Scarsdale, NY 10583 

James R. Littleton 

39 Dale St. 

Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 

Mary Ellen (Mahoney) Boudreau is a nurse offi- 
cer in the Massachusetts Army National Guard. 
A member of the Massachusetts Medical 
Command, she is based at Hanscom Air Force 
Base in Lexington. She is a veteran of Vietnam 
and Desert Shield/ Desert Storm and has served 
in the Army for 25 years, currently holding the 
rank of lieutenant colonel. 

Mary Cabel Costello 

4507 Swan Lake Drive 

Copley, OH 44321 



Norman C. Cavallaro 

c/o North Cove Outfitters 

75 Main St. 

. Old Saybrook, CT 06475 


Daniel Downey (GA&S '76) has been selected as 
the recipient of the 2004 Alumni Achievement 
Award for Science. All members of the Class of 
1970 are invited to join in honoring his achieve- 
ments at the award ceremony and reception to 
be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 30, 
2004, at Robsham Theater, Main Campus. For 
more information, please visit or call 800-669- 
8430 to reserve space at the event. 
Mary Guerin Cole wrote to say that she and her 
husband are empty nesters in the Chicago area. 
Their daughter Deborah has lived in Berlin, 
Germany, for nine years as a journalist first for 
Reuters and then for Agence France Presse. 
Their youngest daughter, Jennifer ('96), is mar- 
ried to a gentleman from France and is the US 
label manager for K-7 Records in New York City. 

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Harriet Mullaney recently joined 270 volunteers 
from 17 countries as El Salvador's presidential 
election observers: "It really was a dream-fulfill- 
ing opportunity... I've always wanted to do this 
[since] Jimmy Carter let us know this is a way 
one can spend one's time!" After week-long 
preparations (i.e., credentialing procedures, 
meetings on the election process, the campaign 
and the current political/economic situation - 
and fiestas to enliven spirits), Harriet also visit- 
ed a family of seven displaced by civil war; they 
had spent months traveling nightly to safety. 
Assigned with eight observers to Metapan (two 
hours from San Salvador), Harriet reports, "We 
were a pretty diverse group but got on just fine... 
My big moment came when I was interviewed in 
Spanish on a local TV station. I asked the inter- 
viewer to speak slowly and, of course, he sped it 
up as soon as the camera came on. So, I 
responded to each of his questions in my best 
Spanish with pretty much the same answer, 'I 
am an international observer here to help ensure 
that the elections are fair and transparent.'" 
Harriet remained for the 24th anniversary of 
reformer Archbishop Romero's assassination 
while saying Mass. Harriet explains this is 
Salvadorans' most important day of the year: 
"The whole celebration... takes two weeks. 
Romero lives on in the hearts, minds and souls 
of [the people]... We joined thousands of 
Salvadorans to march from the Monument of 
the Savior of the World to the Cathedral... for the 
memorial Mass... During the prayers of the 
faithful... quite a bit [was] said about the pro- 
posed CAFTA (Central American Free Trade 
Act) and none of it good. So, the prayer became, 
"NO to CAFTA!" chanted over and over again, 
and louder each time. During the 
kiss/hug/handshake of peace, fireworks decorat- 
ed the sky... Just like Mass back home, isn't it?" 
To hear more, read Harriet's featured articles at "Free Trade for Whom?" 
(April '03), "Trade Marches On" (September), 
"Las Mujeres" (September) and "Exchange and 
Solidarity" (October). Harriet also recommends 
the film "Romero." She writes, "It has some fac- 
tual inaccuracies... but it conveys very well the 

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spirit of the man and the times." • Speaking of 
media, Patti Bruni Keefe's son Johnny appeared 
as guest lead in an ABC TV episode of "The 
Practice." Johnny played a husband who cannot 
afford health care; when his pregnant wife 
encounters problems at the hospital, he consults 
attorneys of "The Practice." Look for the 
episode, "In Good Conscience," on re-runs. • 
Claudia Richardson writes from San Diego: 
"Life is good. I now have a [two-year-old] step- 
granddaughter... Although I... last babysat in 
1965, I am learning fast and enjoying it." 
Although her mother died in January after a 
nine-month illness, Claudia felt surrounded by 
Newton friends at the funeral: "What support. I 
am very thankful." Curtailing work for monthly 
trips east to visit her mother eased Claudia into 
retirement. Now she volunteers with the 
National Philanthropic Assistance League. Her 
husband, Roy, "is finally going to retire (for real 
this time)... We plan a month trip through 
Australia... I can't wait. So, that's the news from 
the Left Coast." 

Robert F. Maguire 

46 Plain Rd. 

Wayland, MA 01778 

Class Treasurer Charlie Earley and his wife, Rita, 
of Belmont report that their son, Daniel, has 
been awarded the Fr. Arrupe scholarship at 
Boston College High School. Congratulations, 
Daniel! This past weekend Annie and I attended 
the Bates College graduation of our son, Rob. 
Our daughter, Melissa, has completed her sec- 
ond year at Suffolk Law and is working with 
Testa, Hurwitz and Thibeault in Boston. As a 
family we are spending the summer in Maine. 
Your classmates deserve to know about gradua- 
tions and events in your world. E-mail works 


Georgina M. Pardo 

6800 S.W. 67th St. 

South Miami, FL 33143 

Jane Hudson has completed all coursework for 
her PhD and is preparing for her comprehen- 
sives. She is teaching in the Department of 
Urban and Community Studies and in the 
Department of Marketing at University of 
Connecticut. She really enjoys the students and 
was commenting on the exciting semester they 
had with the dual NCAA championships. She 
also continues to consult in marketing commu- 
nications and really enjoys her clients. Her son, 
Jed Borod, and Kate Fitzgerald's daughter, 
Carleigh Connelly, will be attending Johns 
Hopkins together next year: Jed will be a senior 
and Carleigh a first year. • Ann Forquer is plan- 
ning a get-together in Washington, DC, in 
October which should give us fresh news for the 
next issue. • Kathleen McGillycuddy is now a BC 
trustee and instrumental along with Mary Lou 
DeLong and Cathy Brienza in founding the 
Council for Women of Boston College. Martha 
Kendrick and Jane Hudson are also founding 
members along with Anne Duffey Phelan. 
Anyone wanting more information is encour- 
aged to contact Susan Thurmond at 617-552- 
4401. • My husband, Ed Cutie, and I have taken 
to cruising/exploring. Last year we spent an 
adventure-filled two weeks in Alaska and this 
summer we are off to the Greek Isles for a mini 
family reunion. I also solo with my group of 
birding buddies. In the last couple of years we 
have tackled the canyons of Arizona, the 
swamps and rain forests of Costa Rica and the 
highlands and canal zone of Panama. In case 
anyone out there thinks that bird watching is a 
sport for sissies - wrong! I have ended up with a 
derriere full of cactus needles while chasing 
rufous-capped warblers in French Joe Canyon 




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(slipped coming down the steep canyon side) 
and covered with ticks and mosquito bites look- 
ing for red-legged honey creepers in Carara 
National Park in Costa Rica. It's great fun and 
you get to be outdoors. Please keep in touch. The 
older I get, the more I appreciate our Newton 
years and the wonderful women whom I met. 
My love and prayers as always. 

Lawrence C. Edgar 

530 S. Barringtori Ave., No. no 

Los Angeles, CA 90049 

I trust that this finds you looking forward to the 
Eagles' football season. • I need to start out the 
class news with a retraction: When I complained 
about a lack of correspondence a while back, I 
was forgetting a letter I'd received from Mike 
Comely. Mike is an attorney in Miami who spe- 
cializes in the defense of police officers. He's 
also the father of three - a daughter who attends 
Smith College and two high school athlete sons 
(one a starting middle linebacker). • I got a letter 
from Tom Turek who's a dentist near Waterbury, 
CT, and the father of an incoming BC freshman. 
• Speaking of proud fathers, Bill Kita's daughter, 
Caroline ('04), won a Fulb right Scholarship to 
study in Austria. Bill is an attorney in Buffalo. • 
I got to visit with Jon Sidoli who left California 
last year to become a drama instructor at 
Independence Community College in Kansas. 
He reports that New Jersey businessman Bill 
Fornaci and his wife are visiting Italy to cele- 
brate their 30th anniversary and that New York 
lawyer Lou Marett's son, who's BC '02, is also 
working in the city. • I got an e-mail from Tom 
Fleischer, who's still in the legal department of 
Liberty Mutual Insurance that's headed by Chris 
Mansfield. Tom says that his son just finished 
his freshman year at Assumption College. • 
Steve Sharkey reports that for the last several 
years he's been a financial advisor in Rhode 
Island and that all three of his kids are grown. • 
Last but not least, I heard from Nancy 
McLaughlin ('71), who relates from Fairfield 
County, CT, that there was a charity golf tourna- 
ment in honor of her late husband, Mike, this 
past spring. Mike was a CPA and a partner in the 

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Nancy Brouillard McKenzie 
7526 Sebago Rd. 
Bethesda, MD 20817-4840 

In April, Lisa Kirby Grossing opened her heart 
and her home in McLean, VA, for the annual 
Newton College spring tea for alumnae in 
Washington, DC, Virginia and Maryland. Lisa's 
spirit, hospitality, generosity and warmth 
touched everyone, particularly several alumnae 
who joined us for the first time. Working on the 
committee for the tea this year were Pat Winkler 
Browne ('60), Eva Sereghy ('71), your class cor- 
respondent as well as numerous volunteers. 
Everyone deserves tremendous praise and 
thanks for all the work and extra effort. From the 
Pax Christi Community at Kenwood, Meg Canty, 
RSCJ, and Claire Kondolf, RSCJ, brought love 
and prayers, along with beautiful note cards of 
Kenwood, a local television station video show- 
ing the volunteer work of members of the com- 
munity tutoring students and a brief audio of a 
few members of the community. (Gabrielle 
Husson, RSCJ, distinctly remembered 
President's Assemblies in the Chapel Hall. 
Remember the chairs with the red seats? Sister 
Husson's beautiful message focused on her 
daily prayer and hope that we have found a road 
that has brought us a fair share of happiness in 
our lives. In closing, Sister Husson urged us to 
use our minds on the great problems of the 
world today and to contribute what we can to 
their solutions.) Elizabeth White, RSCJ, led a 
book discussion on Augie March by Saul Bellow. 
By comparison, Phil Mickelson's happiness on 
receiving his Masters green golf jacket earlier in 
April was far less than Sister White's enthusias- 
tic response to receiving from alumnae a green 
sweatshirt embroidered with "885." Look for 
Sister White in the Newton area... Thanks to the 
generosity of alumnae at the tea, two benches 
will be joining the new garden at Kenwood, one 
in honor of Sister Husson and the other as a gift 
from Newton alumnae in the DC area. Carolyn 
Mclnerney also represented our class at the tea. 
Sadly, on the day before the tea, we lost another 
Newton treasure with the passing of Sister Julia 
Ann Ellis at Kenwood. In 1947, Sister Ellis was 
among the group of six RSCJs who were the 
founding community at Newton College. Sister 
Ellis served generously and devotedly as director 
of the housekeeping staff at the college, until she 
moved to Washington, DC, in 1969. 

Joy A. Malone 

16 Lewis St. 

Little Falls, NY 13365 

Hello classmates! There was a small problem 
with my e-mail account but all is well now. If you 
have written to me within the last six months 
and have not received a reply from either me or 
the alumni office then I strongly suggest that 
you just keep trying. Rob Boova did. In fact, he 
now has sent us the following second install- 
ment for our Class Notes column: "Sadly I 
report the passing of our great friend Dennis 
Belisle. Dennis was one who made everyone 
laugh always. His last gift to us was the opportu- 

nity to gather and remember what a great friend 
he was and how fortunate we are to have known 
him and also to have each other as friends. John 
Powers gave a beautiful eulogy making all laugh 
and cry simultaneously. Frankie Rich still lives 
in New Hampshire. After a brief but obviously 
successful career in the heavy equipment (!) 
industry, Frankie is now RETIRED!!! Frank 
remains effervescent and almost as funny as 
Dennis was. Joe Berarducci lives nearby and still 
has season tickets to BC football. It is always 
good to see Joe. John Moore's son graduated 
from the BC honors program this June magna 
cum laude. John is justifiably proud but unable 
to convince Patrick to enter medical school. He 
will be attending BC Law this year. John, a sur- 
geon, will have to cope with an attorney in the 
family. There must be others from the Class of 
'73 who have news regarding our friends from 
these post-formative years. Please write!! 
Regards. Rob Boova (" 
Classmates, please write to your class corre- 
spondent as soon as you receive this. Rob Boova 
wants more news!!!!! 

Nancy Warburton Desisto 
P.O. Box 142 
1^TF\X7T01^ West Boothbay Harbor, ME 04575 

Patricia McNabb Evans 

35 Stratton Lane 

Foxboro, MA 02035 

I am writing this column on the morning after 
our 30th reunion. Thanks to the 137 classmates 
and guests who came to share memories and 
party! Congratulations to the Class Gift 
Committee and Co-chairs John Murphy and Paul 
O'Connor. Thanks also to the other members of 
the Reunion Committee: Kathy Rando 
O'Donnell, Paul Battaglia, Mary Cura, Betsy Hill 
Ingalls. Kathy Kouri Milmoe and Bill McCarthy. 
Frank Geiger correctly identified the mystery 
photo of Tim Cyr, while Rick Ennis and Frank 
Collins were the raffle winners of the BC painted 
box and mirror. Thomas Confrey was the winner 
of the BC box in the dues raffle - congratula- 
tions! The "modmates" of B52 and A36 arrived in 
glory and danced the night away. I am sure that 
there were many others who traveled long dis- 
tances to the Shea Room, but among them were 
Nick DiMinico (Texas), Bonnie Smith (Colorado) 
and Charles Neeler (North Carolina). • In other 
news, Josephine Ursini's daughter is entering 
BC this fall. James DiResta was awarded a Master 
of Public Health from Dartmouth College in 
2004. After graduating from BC, James received 
a doctorate in podiatric medicine from Temple 
University and currently practices in 
Newburyport. He and his wife, Susan, are the 
proud parents of six children. Kerry Donovan 
was recently promoted to vice president of mar- 
keting for Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage 
in Los Angeles, CA. Kerry has been with the com- 
pany since 2001. After a long battle with cancer, 
Tom SkefEngton passed away last August. Many 
of his friends attended the reunion with his wife, 
Terri. Classmates who attended the funeral were 
Russ Klernm, Lance Stuart, Paul Mastrangelo, 



John and Nancy Rosplock Tesoro, Tony 
Digirolamo, John Marenghi, and Ben Chin. Tom 

was the managing partner of the New York law 
office of Clausen Miller, and he will always be 
remembered for his positive and optimistic 
approach to everything in his life. Terri and their 
sons still live in Ridgewood, NJ. Please remem- 
ber them and Tom's many friends in your 
prayers. • Take care and please write! 


Beth Docktor Nolan 

693 Boston Post Rd. 

Weston, MA 02493 

By the time the Class Notes arrive, our 30th 
reunion will have already occurred! Notes from 
the reunion will be in the next issue. These news 
notes are a continuation of Mary Ellen Keyser's 
notes from November 30, 2003. Part II: 
Madeline Sherry is a partner in her own suc- 
cessful law firm, Hecker, Brown, Sherry and 
Johnson. She specializes in employment law. 
Madeline and her husband, Frank, and their two 
sons five in Ardmore, PA. Lisa Parry Howard is 
an attorney working for the investment firm 
SEI. She and husband Neal and son John reside 
in Malvern. Jane Keegan Doherty was a stay-at- 
home mom for many years, raising sons Matt, a 
sophomore at Notre Dame, and Kevin, a fresh- 
man at a Jesuit prep school near their Cupertino, 
CA, home. Joan had recently returned to part- 
time work in a senior residence when her life 
changed dramatically a couple of years ago. Her 
husband, Paul, was diagnosed with brain cancer 
and died about two years ago. Jane is grateful for 
their wonderful life together and maintains 
tremendous faith and optimism. Mary Slocum 
is a marketing executive with Sun Microsystems. 
She and her husband spend hectic workweeks in 
the Silicon Valley, near their Palo Alto home. 
Their weekend retreat is an apartment they own 
in the Presidio area of San Francisco. When I 
visited Mary, she was in the midst of a new prod- 
uct launch for Project Orion, which has been 
written about in both Fortune and Wall Street 
Journal. Barbara Anne Cagney is teaching sec- 
ond grade at Stuart Country Day School, work- 
ing for our former dean of students, Sister Fran 
De La Chappelle. Mary Ellen Keyser also wrote, 
"I took a position as manager of business opera- 
tions with a financial planning firm in early 
2000 and lost that job in early October 2001, a 
crushing time to be a middle-aged woman out of 
work. Fifty-three weeks later, I commenced my 
current position as coordinator of credit pro- 
grams for the Goodwin College of Professional 
Studies at Drexel University. Our eldest son, 
Nelson, graduated from the US Naval Academy 
in 2002; Elizabeth, a junior, is busy looking at 
colleges." Thank you, Mary Ellen Keyser, for 
responding to my constant plea for news notes. 
Beth Carroll and husband John Meyer live in 
Granby, CT Beth writes, "Both of my parents 
turned 80 this year. John's daughter and her 
husband had a baby girl last June. And our 
puppy, Rocky, was October's pet of the month in 
Granby. Our little house in Vermont had an elec- 
trical fire, but luckily it was contained so the 
damage was not too great!" Class news deadlines 
are several months before publication. NCSH 
Class of 1974 needs your news! WRITE! 

Hellas M. Assad 

149 Lincoln St. 

Norwood, MA 02062 



The lovely ladies from Waltham High School 
Class of '71 got together this spring for a 
Newport reunion reminiscing about their high 
school days. Among the celebrants were Carole 
Magazu Mega and Evelyn Brunaccini Milner. 
Evelyn was an auditor for four years at KPMG, 
formally Peat Marwick Mitchell. For the past 25 
years she has worked as controller for Global 
Procurement & Hardware Manufacturing at 
Polaroid Corporation. Her daughter Erica (17) is 
a junior at Waltham High. Haley (12) is in the 
sixth grade attending Our Ladies of Waltham 
School. While browsing through photo albums, 
Carole and Evelyn recalled many fond memories 
of Waltham High days with BC alums Lisa 
Kasper and Maryellen Harrington. • Tom 
Hastings (officially Thomas John Hastings) 
received his PhD from Princeton Theological 
Seminary on May 15, 2004. Tom has been a pro- 
fessor of practical theology (Christian education) 
at Tokyo Union Theological Seminary since 
1995. Tom and Carol along with their four chil- 
dren - Rose (24), Paul (22), Sarah (19) and Katie 
(9) - have lived in Japan for about 18 years. • 
Congratulations to Joseph Orlando on the publi- 
cation of his first novel, The Fisherman 's Son. 
Author and historian Joseph E. Garland wrote 
that the book is "born of [Joseph's] heritage and 
his love for this ancient fishing town, his profes- 
sion, his convictions, his innate anger at injus- 
tice and exploitation at sea and ashore and his 
compassion for their victims, all intertwined 
with a love story whose tenderness will bring a 
tear to the most jaded eye." Joseph is looking for- 
ward to assessment and comments from class- 
mates. • Susan Darveau Murphy and her hus- 
band, Arthur, have a daughter, Katie, who just 
completed her freshman year at BC. They have 
started going to the football games and have 
enjoyed immensely seeing long-lost friends and 
roommates. • Steven A. Kursh just had a book 
published by Financial Times, Prentice Hall. 
The book, entitled Minding the Corporate 
Checkbook: A Manager's Guide to Executing 
Successful Business Investments, provides a 
detailed roadmap for evaluating and executing 
investments. The book is written for senior-level 
and mid-level executives as well as entrepre- 
neurs and people assuming responsibilities in 
their jobs for making investment decisions in 
such areas as research and development, mar- 
keting, HRM, technology and finance. The book 
is based on Steve's work with companies like 
IBM, Sun, Citibank and regional firms. Steve is 
an executive professor at Northeastern 
University. His daughter Eliza recently graduat- 
ed from Weston High and his other two children 
are at school at BB&N in Cambridge. • After 18 
years Heidi Steiger retired from Neuberger 
Berman on March 1, 2004. She has been named 
president of CurtCo Media's Worth Magazine 
Group. She will be responsible for furthering 
Worth Magazine's position in the wealth man- 
agement, preservation and transference mar- 

kets. Under her guidance, the company will seek 
to expand Worth's positioning through acquisi- 
tions and launches covering consumer and trade 
publications, newsletters, associations, semi- 
nars, events and related businesses. Her daugh- 
ter, Isabelle, recently graduated from Tuxedo 
Park School in New York where she was class 
valedictorian. She will be attending Dwight 
Englewood School in New Jersey next year. • 
With the Class of '75 so well represented at the 
games, this fall may be a great time for a tailgate. 
Any volunteers with desirable on-campus park- 
ing please step forward! It's never too early to 
make plans. Take care and God bless! 

Margaret M. Caputo 

501 Kinsale Rd. 

Lutherville-Timonium, MD 21093 




Helen Fox-O'Brien's daughter, Amy, is consider- 
ing going to BC, which she visited with her 
mom. During their visit, they took the time to 
enjoy a delightful lunch with Joanne McCarthy 
Goggins and her daughter, Kate, who attends 
BC. • Ann Vernon Fallon and her husband, Jim, 
are busy with the sports and social activities that 
are associated with three energetic sons: Jamie 
(17), Tommy (15) and Matt (10). Ann is finishing 
a master's in school counseling at Fairfield 
University. • Deb Melino-Wender and her hus- 
band, Brian, recently celebrated their 25th 
anniversary. Daugher Tori will be a senior this 
September at George Washington University. 
Twin sons Taylor and Alex start their freshman 
years at University of Connecticut and Rhode 
Island College, respectively, at the same time. 
Brian is with American Power Conversion and 
Deb works with developers on design review for 
projects that are presented to the Capital Center 
Commission. When she has "down time," Deb 
can be found enjoying her newest hobby, sea 
kayaking! • Jean Kanski Bird's eldest son, Jim, 
will attend Bowdoin College in September 2004. 
Jean recently completed a four-year term on the 
board of trustees at her children's school in 
Florida. While she continues to work part-time 
as a freelance medical illustrator, she also volun- 
teers for the literacy council and is a member of 
the Marion Cultural Alliance to help support the 
arts in their town. • Shawn McGivern is in pri- 
vate practice at The Counseling Center for 
Artists in Cambridge and is completing research 

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for her book Hold that Thought: Artists and 
Therapists on the Relationship Between 
Creativity and Mental Health. • Pam Puce 
Boggeman has been with Bank of America for 
27 years. She and her husband, Jay, are also 
active with four children. The eldest, Kevin, will 
be a senior at St. John's University (Minnesota) 
in September 2004. Peter starts Providence 
College (Rhode Island) at the same time and 
their youngest, Jane, will start sixth grade at 
Villa Duschesne in St. Louis. Son Paul is in 
high school. Pam has been in touch with our 
music professor, Emmett Windham, who would 
love to hear from his former students at wind- • Eileen Sutherland 
Brupbacher and Josh watched proudly as their 
youngest son, Dan, graduated from 
Georgetown in May 2004. Their older son, Jay, 
also a Georgetown grad, works in DC for a ven- 
ture capital firm. • Mary Ciaccio Griffin and 
husband John also were proud parents this year 
as their oldest child, Caroline, graduated from 
Boston College in May 2004. Their two other 
children are John (attending Amherst College) 
and Andrew (Albany Academy). • Laura 
Zerbinati is a successful fashion designer, keep- 
ing busy with her latest projects: designing 
evening gowns for the upcoming Panamanian 
presidential inauguration and participating in 
Panama's Fashion Week when she is not travel- 
ing to Italy. • Thank you for writing - it was nice 
to have a column to write again! (The count- 
down begins: nine months until our 30th 

Gerald B. Shea 

25 Elmore St. 

Newton Centre, MA 02459 


Talk about a dry spell! For the first time since 
graduation, Ellen Donahue returned to the 
Heights for a mini-reunion with old chums 
Kathy Murphy, Beth Hurley Falzarano, Judy 
Harvey Hayes and husband John, as well as this 
writer. Even a short jaunt around campus made 
clear the incredible changes over the past 28 
years. To see them all at once is stunning! A fine 
time was had by all, and all made an evening pil- 
grimage to the memorial labyrinth to remember 
and pray for departed roommate Danielle Delie 
and classmate Edward Papa. Ellen thereafter 
returned to the distant island of Manhattan, 
promising to visit again in the 21st century. • 

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Guy Rotella published Castings: Monuments 
and Monumentality in Poems by Elizabeth 
Bishop, Robert Lowell, James Merrill, Derek 
Walcott, and Seamus Heaney in May 2004. Guy 
is a professor of English at Northeastern 
University. • Reminder: If you go to the Alumni 
Association Website you can register informa- 
tion, get e-mail and locate fellow classmates with 
ease. It's really helpful. • Here's hoping all 
enjoyed a great summer. Please remember your 
lonely correspondent by dropping a line! God 

Nicholas D. Kydes 

8 Newtown Terrace 

Norwalk, CT 06851 


Eric J. Marcy, a partner of the law firm Wilentz, 
Goldman & Spitzer, PA, in Woodbridge, NJ, 
was designated to serve on the New Jersey 
District Court "Local Working Group on 
Electronic Technology" being chaired by the 
Honorable Katharine Hayden, US district 
judge. Eric has been a trustee of the New Jersey 
Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers since 
2000 and serves as the administrator for its 

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New Canaan, CT 06840 


Raymond E. Berube was promoted to the rank 
of Rear Admiral (Lower Half) of the US Navy. 
He was commissioned in 1979 as an ensign in 
the US Navy Supply Corps and later received a 
master's degree in financial management from 
the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. 
He and his wife, Mary Farrell, have two children 
(12 and 8). 

Laura Vitagliano 

78 Wareham St. 

Medford, MA 02155 


Hi! I'm sitting here writing this column on 
Memorial Day, and the weather has been fan- 
tastic! As I write, I'm eagerly awaiting our 25th 
reunion. The conflict is that you will be read- 
ing this column in August, expecting reunion 
news, but that won't appear until the Fall issue 
which is due out in November. I hope that you 
all understand the deadlines and will be 
patient with news that you share. • Jonathan 
Scott wrote to say that he's been the CEO of 
Victory Programs since graduation. He's 
helped to build this once small organization 
into a large residential treatment center for 
homeless individuals and families living with 
addiction and AIDS, serving over 2,000 annu- 
ally. He has the deepest gratitude to BC and 
the PULSE program, which still today actively 
provides undergraduate volunteers to their 
centers. He wanted to share the news that he 
married Michael McGuill on May 17, 2004. 
Their son, Luis, turned one year old in March. 
• I hope that you all will send me updates on 
your lives if you didn't get a chance to do so at 
the reunion! Take care! 

Please join us for the 

2004 Alumni Achievement 
Awards Ceremony 

Thursday, September 30, 2004 

7 p.m., Robsham Theater 

Celebrate the achievements of 
our most distinguished alumni. 

Complimentary reception following the 

awards ceremony to be held 

in the Heights Room. 

Please RSVP to 800-669-8430. for more info. 

John Carabatsos 

478 Torrey St. 

Brockton, MA 02301 


Hello everyone. As you can see, I have a new e- 
mail address. Please send me some material so 
the notes can be something we all look forward 
to reading. • Congratulations go to Andrew 
Glincher who has been named managing part- 
ner of the Boston office at Nixon Peabody. He 
lives in Sharon with his wife and three children. 
Andrew also serves on the faculty of BC where 
he has taught a course in real estate finance 
since 1988. He has served in various positions of 
the Hebrew Rehabilitation Center and B'nai 
B'rith. In addition, Andrew has served as a 
member of the Town of Sharon Zoning Board of 
Appeals and the Boston Bar Association. 

Alison Mitchell McKee 

1128 Brandon Rd. 

Virginia Beach, VA 23451 



Fr. Gregory Ramkissoon (GA&S '82) has been 
selected as the recipient of the 2004 Alumni 
Achievement Award for Rehgion. All members 
of the Class of 1981 are invited to join in honor- 
ing his achievements at the award ceremony and 
reception to be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, 
September 30, 2004, at Robsham Theater, Main 
Campus. For more information, please visit or call 800-669- 
8430 to reserve space at the event. 
After 14 years with Fed Ex in Boston and 
Phoenix, Fred Lescher resigned in June 2003 to 
pursue an opportunity as general manager-west- 
ern for Bellville Rodair International, an interna- 
tional freight forwarding and logistics company. 
Fred and his wife, Marianne Lucas ('83), celebrat- 
ed their 20th anniversary in June with a two- 
week trip to Paris and London. Marianne is the 
principal of Kyrene de la Mariposa Elementary 
School in Tempe, AZ. They live in Gilbert, AZ. • 
Jefrry Burr finally said no to the corporate rat race 
and now owns a beautiful bed & breakfast in the 
Franconia Notch area of the White Mountains of 
New Hampshire. It is a well-known inn called 
The Bungay Jar, named for a unique springtime 
wind that blows through the Notch. As a restored 
1800s post-and-beam barn, with award-winning 
gardens and amazing mountain views, it is a per- 
fect place for Jeffry to pursue his dream. He'd 



love to host other Eagles in need of rejuvenation. 
• Sheila McKeon has been living in Cleveland, 
OH. for the past 20-plus years. She attended law 
school at Case Western Reserve University and 
decided to stay in Cleveland. She's a partner with 
Gallagher, Sharp, Fulton & Norman where she 
has a litigation practice with an emphasis on 
defending railroad clients. Sheila lives in Bay 
Village, a western suburb of Cleveland. Last sum- 
mer Sheila got together in New Hampshire with 
her roommates from Mod 42A at Sue McGlew 
Maher's house. Katie McCready Daly, Barb Fiore 
Willwerth, Mary Fink Mathios and Mary Lee 
(Hart) Schott were also there. Everyone is doing 
well with active and growing families. Sheila also 
saw Jim Chase last summer who was in 
Cleveland for a convention. Jim is a United 
Church of Christ minister in Charlton. • James J. 
Ferrelli, a partner at Duane Morris LLP, was 
sworn in as president of the Burlington County 
Bar Association in June 2004. He was sworn in 
by his father, the Honorable Dominick J. Ferrelli, 
who served as a New Jersey Superior Court judge 
from 1974 to 1992. • With sadness, Dan and 
Cindy (Karas) O'Connor have informed me of 
the death of our classmate Roger Austin. Roger 
passed away at the end of April after a two-year 
battle with liver cancer. Since graduation, Roger 
had lived in several places around the country, 
working in the catering and hospitality industry 
for companies like Marriott and Radisson. Most 
recently he lived in Florida where he was director 
of catering at the Woodfield Country Club in 
Boca Raton. Roger leaves behind his parents, a 
sister and many dear friends. 

John A. Feudo 

175 Sheffield Drive 

Belchertown, MA 01007 

One of the best parts about being our class corre- 
spondent is that I get to hear from friends I 
haven't talked to in years. Nancy Gorman 
Arsenault, who had this class correspondent gig 
back when we were all still young, e-mailed to say 
that she has four children all within a 14-month 
age span - Madeline Grace, who is two-and-a-half, 
and one-year-old triplets Patrick, Casey and 
Audrey. Needless to say, Nancy and husband Scott 
have their hands full, living in their 1850 farm- 
house in Stow. Nancy spent 14 years in the trade 
show industry, dealing with loud crowds. 
Hmmm... good practice! • Mike Ellis is another 
blast from the past who likes to have kids in mul- 
tiples. He and Cathy have twin girls - Karen and 
Heather - who join three-year-old sister Laura. 
Many of us can hear Mike in the mornings, doing 
weather reports on 20 radio stations in the 
Northeast. He also does some part-time work as a 
social work training specialist at the Boston 
University School of Social Work, where he 
earned his master's in 1997. • Jessica Mansell 
Ambrose is back in New York City. While her 
three girls are in school, Jessica does voice-overs 
and volunteers for the Freedom Institute, while 
her husband runs their restaurants, Estia and 
Estia's Little Kitchen, on the East End. • 
Unfortunately, news isn't always pleasant. I 
learned recently that we lost another classmate, 
Jay Gabriel of Westfield. After leaving BC, Jay got 
his law degree from Tulane. He was one of the 

first people I met freshman year. Thinking of Jay 
made me wonder where people like Oscar 
Hopkins, Kevin Mooney and Marie Rossignol are 
now. Nick Callas, are you still practicing law down 
south? • Gene Roman wants to know why more of 
you aren't writing... and so do I!! Gene's quest to 
be a professional student continues - he's begin- 
ning a master's program in journalism at 
Columbia. He's been an active participant in BC 
activities in New York City as well. • Brian 
Cummins and his wife, Patty (Foley, '81), are 
thrilled that their oldest daughter, Maureen, will 
be a freshman at BC this year. She's now a third- 
generation Eagle, since Brian's father, Dan, was 
Class of '58, and Patty's parents are also alums - 
Dan in 1955 and Carolyn in 1956. Brian retired 
from the Army last year and is working for 
Northrop Grumman Corporation on special intel- 
ligence projects. They live in Fairfax, VA. • Jack 
Griffin, president of the Meredith Corporation 
Publishing Group, was one of five laypeople 
named to the Catholic Relief Services board of 
directors. Jack and his wife, Kathleen, live in 
Fairfield, CT, with their two sons. • Remember, 
gang, that this column is only as interesting as the 
information I receive. Make it a point to sit down 
and send an e-mail or note today. 

Cynthia ). Bocko 

71 Hood Rd. 

Tewksbury, MA 01876 


Here's the news you've all been waiting for! Lois 
Marr Fruhwirth writes: "My big news is that I 
have recently been promoted to associate director 
of logistics at Procter & Gamble. I'll be relocating 
in June with my husband, Gary, and two sons, 
Kyle (8) and Michael (4), from Cincinnati, OH, to 
Fayetteville, AR, to run P&G's US logistics oper- 
ations for Wal-Mart. (Please no jokes about 'the 
Simple Life'!) We should be in Fayetteville for 
about three years, so if there are any Eagles in the 
area please look me up. My husband and I will 
celebrate our 10-year anniversary in July. I'll also 
be with P&G 21 years this August (boy how time 
flies). My family got together over Thanksgiving 
with Julie Ciaccio Brennan, her husband, Steve, 
and their two sons, Matthew and Jack, at Julie's 
home in Newport Beach, CA. Julie's doing great 
and still looks exactly the same." • Jill (Nille) 
Freese provides this update: "I have been mar- 
ried to David for 12 years and am now a stay-at- 
home mom to Andrew and Daniel - six-year-old 
twin boys who are in kindergarten. Previously, I 
taught special education classes (behavior man- 
agement and autism) for 14 years in Rochester, 
NY. I'm the children's ministry director at the 
church we attend and work part-time as a creative 
memories consultant. I stay in touch with 
Barbara Stella and would love to hear from any 
School of Ed classmates at jillfreese@hot-" • Anne DeVera Utterback wanted to 
pass along the following to all the women from 
Roncalli first floor: "My husband, Tom, son, 
Conor, and I have just moved into a new home in 
Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and look forward to hosting 
former classmates. Winter 2005 anyone? My e- 
mail is" • Leslie Buter Bess 
has been living in Seattle since 1991 and loves 
the Pacific Northwest. She retired from nursing 
and enjoys real estate investments with her hus- 

band, Fred. Their four children - Tava (24), Evan 
(20), Adrian (7) and Carin (5) - keep them busy 
and on their toes! She says hello to Carol 
McCarthy, Lisa Buckley, Kristin Messer, Maura 
Shea, Lisa Dimarzo and Kathy Hennessey and 
would love to hear from you at • Marianne Lucas Lescher 
(LGSOE '98) is an elementary school principal at 
Kyrene de la Mariposa School in Tempe, AZ. 
Her school received the distinction of an Arizona 
A+ School' from the Arizona Educational 
Foundation. Only 12 schools across Arizona 
received this distinction, awarded for exemplary 
educational programs and parent and communi- 
ty support. 

Carol A. McConnell 

P.O. Box 628 

Belmar, NJ 07719 

Matthew Vossler has been selected as the recipi- 
ent of the 2004 Alumni Achievement Award for 
Public Service. All members of the Class of 1984 
are invited to join in honoring his achievements 
at the award ceremony and reception to be held 
at 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 30, 2004, at 
Robsham Theater, Main Campus. For more 
information, please visit 
awards or call 800-669-8430 to reserve space at 
the event. 

Hope you are enjoying summer. Carol Donahue 
Moore wrote to say that she and husband Patrick 
recently welcomed their eighth child. The couple 
founded a private Catholic school, Royal Palm 
Academy, in Naples, FL, six years ago. They con- 
tinue to serve on the board and welcome any visi- 
tors interested in taking a tour of the academy. 
Please send me news of what you've been up to 
for the next issue. I'm sure many of you have 
much to share with classmates and I look forward 
to hearing from you. Hope you have had a good 

Barbara Ward Wilson 

8 Via Capistrano 

Tiburon, CA 94920 


Hi again. I hope everyone had a great summer. 
We are fast approaching our 20-year reunion! 
Bob and Sue Marren were in Wellesley from 
1995-1999, when they moved back to Winnetka, 
IL. Their eldest, Tom, is 15 and a sophomore in 

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high school at New Trier High School. Their 
daughter Megan is in eighth grade, Robby is in 
sixth grade, Kristin in fourth, Kevin in second 
and John in first. The Marrens see Bob Home, 
Norton O'Meara and John Troy on occasion. • 
Congratulations to Albert and Laura (Soffey) 
Spada on the birth of their first child, Matthew 
Albert. Al, Laura and Matthew live in Westport, 
CT, and get together often with long-time friends 
Craig Coffey, Carole (Leong) Coffey, Mike 
Peterson and his wife, Maria, and Rich Tang and 
his wife, Lauren. Al is a senior vice president at 
GE Corporate Lending in Norwalk, CT. • 
Congrats to John and Lisa Bellantonio who pur- 
chased a new home in Chatham. John works for 
Boston Whaler Boats and is also a volunteer 
director of restoration for the famous Chatham 
lighthouse. • After many successful years in 
advertising, Pat Corry has opened his own bou- 
tique travel agency in Short Hills, NJ. "Corry 
Goes" specializes in direct flights to Turks and 
Caicos and secluded island "hot spots." • Bill 
Dessel now resides in Boca Raton, FL, and works 
as district manager for Southeast Tanning & Spas 
Inc., a division of Bausch & Lomb. Bill and his 
wife, Alison, have three boys. • Carole Schafer 
took a leave from JP Morgan to do a part-time 
stint on New York's "the fan" radio sports net- 
work. You may have also seen Carole auditioning 
during the beginning stages of ESPN's Dream 
Job sports anchor challenge. • Beth Guimond left 
American Express after 17 years and volunteers 
her time on Ellis Island fund-raising efforts. • 
Diane Lannon Bolusky has retired from banking 
and runs a Rhode Island horticultural consulting 
firm specializing in desert plants. • After years at 
CSFB and JP Morgan in New York, Scott 
Harrington left the big city and works as director 
of store operations for the Connecticut-based Stu 
Leonard's grocery chain. • Shelagh Walsh resides 
in Dallas, TX, with her three teenage daughters. 
She and husband Todd will be moving to 
Burlington, VT, in the fall of this year. Talk about 
a change! Todd will be opening the Northeast 
division of his commercial real estate business. • 
Sally Tychanich Healy is the president of a mail- 
order company that sells safety products for pets. 
• It sounds like Randy Seidl never stops. After 
leaving EMC and finishing up at Giant Loop, 
Randy was approved as a Krispy Kreme franchise 
operator. He owns three stores in Cambridge, 
AUston and Newburyport. • Chris Patton is back 
in Rhode Island where he sells skateboards and 

Please join us for the 

2004 Alumni Achievement 
Awards Ceremony 

Thursday, September 30, 2004 

7 p.m., Robsham Theater 

Celebrate the achievements of 
our most distinguished alumni. 

Complimentary reception following the 

awards ceremony to be held 

in the Heights Room. 

Please RSVP to 800-669-8430. 

Visit for more info. 

serves as Barrington's building inspector. • Joe 
Massaro's construction business was purchased 
by Gilbane Construction and Joe is enjoying time 
off. Joe restores and sells old phonograph 
Victrolas on eBay as a hobby. • Carolyn McCahill 
McKigney has written a pilot show for HDTV 
entitled "PTA Moms and their Kitchen Secrets." • 
Mark Lavoie is a personal injury lawyer on the 
north shore of Boston. As an avid skater, Mark 
spends his spare time coaching the Marlboro 
synchronized figure skating "Snow Flurries" 
team. • Cathy Cimpl made it back home where 
she resides in Lincoln, NE, and owns and oper- 
ates "Simple Pleasures," a small retail shop spe- 
cializing in the design of custom bathroom vani- 
ties. • Pete Harmon is the recruiting director for 
Sears Roebuck in Chicago. • Tom "H" Honan 
lives in Natick and sits on the board of directors 
at Papa Ginos restaurant chain based in 
Needham. • Peggy Strakosch was elected CEO by 
the board of her company after her husband, 
Greg ('84), opted to step down and enjoy some 
"Mr. Mom" time after founding the company. • 
Rich Smyth is in his 10th year with American 
Home Products, heading up its shower curtain 
division. • Andy O'Brien left EMC after 12 years 
and is part-owner along with Greg Guimond of 
"Weather Vanes Plus," a small manufacturer and 
catalog marketer of weather measurement 
instruments and gardening tools, based in New 
Rochelle, NY. • Mitch and Rob McAndrew recent- 
ly moved from Chicago north to Ossimee Falls, 
WI, where Rob is director of groundskeeping at 
Wisconsin State University. • Jim Mitchell- finally 
made it back to the BC area; he is presently man- 
aging the famous Boston Duck Tours while job 
hunting. • Chris Conforti and Bob Foley checked 
in as new owners of "Hickory Pit," a barbeque- 
style restaurant and pub adjacent to Fenway Park. 
• In honor of their 40th birthdays, former 
Williams dorm-mates Eileen Orie Carlson, 
Deirdre Reidy Clark, Cynthia Luckart 
Cunningham, Debbie Elsasser, Sue Yarvis 
Hayden, Lauren Wilkins Miner, Parti Hopkins 
Mullin, Maria Leonard Olsen, Nina Derba Ring 
and Tracey Campbell Schwartz left 19 children 
and numerous high-powered jobs to gather at the 
spa at Norwich Inn in Norwich, CT, this May. 
Between spa treatments and wine tastings, the 
group reminisced about Mod 24's antics, Sue 
and Mary's infamous awards ceremonies, marry- 
ing an RA, spring breaks, costume parties, road 
trips, hiding beer balls, soaking up local culture 
at Mary Ann's and life-long friendships. Lauren 
and Eileen provided a hilarious video of photos 
from four years of rooming together at BC. 
Deirdre and Nina gamely traveled from the San 
Francisco area to join in the fun with their East 
Coast buddies. • Please keep those messages com- 
ing; I appreciate any and all news. 

Karen Broughton Boyarsky 

205 Adirondack Drive 

East Greenwich, Rl 02818 

Nancy-Jean Berardo Eagan wrote with a great 
update! She and her husband, Chris, and their 
four children, Matthew (10), Allan (8), Lillian (6) 
and Tess (3), are living in Newburyport. She and 
Chris met in Philadelphia while doing full-time 
volunteer corps work and were married in 1990. 

Nancy-Jean owns a company called BEAD 
DREAMS. She designs and creates jewelry 
using sterling silver and a variety of stones and 
glass beads, especially lampworked Italian glass 
beads which she makes over an open flame in a 
glass studio! Nancy-Jean welcomes old friends to 
reconnect via e-mail at nancyjeanandchris@com- Thanks for the update, Nancy- Jean; it 
was great to hear from you!! • Daniel S. Bleck 
was promoted to partner at the firm Mintz, 
Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, PC, in 
May 2004. Congratulations! • As for everyone 
else... let me know if any of you have any news 
fit to print!! Hope you all had a great summer! 
See you at a BC game! 

Catherine Stanton Rooney 

8 Ellsworth St. 

Braintree, MA 02184 

Greetings! I hope that you all had a wonderful 
summer and are looking forward to the fall. I did 
not receive a lot of news, so this will be a very 
short column! I heard from Patrice MacPherson, 
who is currently living in Pottersville, NJ, and 
working as a high school history teacher. She 
recently returned from a three-year leave of 
absence during which she taught in an interna- 
tional school in Barcelona, Spain. I also heard 
from Sue McGuirk Shoffwho is living in Tokyo, 
Japan, but will be heading back to California at 
the end of the summer. She has a son, Nick, who 
is 10 and a daughter, MacKenzie Irene, who is 7. 
Wendy Permington-Marquard announced the 
arrival of her son, Alexander David, who was 
born in July 2003. He joins big sister Sophia (2). 
Wendy and her husband, Jeremy, have moved to 
Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas, and are living 
at Lucaya Beach Resort, where Jeremy is the 
director of sales. Kathryn O'Sullivan was named 
2004 Faculty of the Year by Northern Virginia 
Community College's Alumni Federation. 
Kathryn is a drama professor at the college's 
Manassas campus. I'm sorry this is so short, but 
hopefully more people will write in for the next 
column. Have a great fall! 

Rob Murray 

421 Callingwood St. 

San Francisco, CA 94114 

I'd like to start off this edition's column with an 
explanation of the delay some of us have noticed 
between the sending in and appearance of items 
in this space. The due date for Class Notes is 
three months before publication, which is also 
before the previous column appears in print. 
Since most correspondence comes in right after 
an issue, there is often a six-month lag built in. I 
do, however, promise to publish all updates 
before children can read their own birth 
announcements... • Accordingly, Melissa 
(White) Shaheen and husband Ross of Raleigh, 
NC, are pleased to announce twins born on 
January 5 (see?). Logan Grant and Peyton 
Elizabeth were "discovered" on the Monday after 
our reunion! (Feel free to make your own "and I 
thought I was hung over" joke here.) The 
Shaheens were also joined at "the 15" with Jenny 
McMahon-Varick and husband Brian of 
Milwaukee, Patty (Mullaly) Panzer and husband 



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Karl of Attleboro, and Iinda Malenfant of West 
Newton. Linda still works at BC and can confirm 
that the official frozen novelty of the 80s, the 
Chipwich, is still readily available on campus. 
Hopefully the book store is finally out of those 
Hall & Oates notebooks... • Greg Greene also 
has a new daughter, Lila. Born on Valentine's 
Day, she joins sister Georgia and brother 
Brendan in Rumson, NJ. • Lillian (Garcia), hus- 
band Scott, and big brother Nicholas welcomed 
"Charlie" to the Palmer house in New 
Hampshire. He arrived early, but then Lily has 
always been known for getting things done 
ahead of schedule... • Another update comes 
from Donald Preskenis. He works as an internal 
audit director for Sovereign Bank in Boston and 
lives in Upton with wife Tina and sons Ryan and 
Devin. Word has it that Ryan is a future three- 
sport letterman. • Stephen Kaminski is current- 
ly on a yearlong fellowship at the University of 
Maryland's Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. 
He was one of the 2004 recipients of the Shock 
Trauma Hero Award given each year to the med- 
ical professionals who save the most critically 
injured patients. • Debbie "From Hawaii" 
Gallagher wrote to say she doesn't want anyone 
to know she, hubby Ron, and daughters Malia 
and Maile are living in Ithaca, NY, while Ron 
pursues an MBA. I don't know much about 
Ithaca, but it can't be any worse than that 
Hillsides suite storage closet. Just think, Deb, by 
the time you read this, you'll be that much clos- 
er to moving back to Boston! 

Cheryl Williams Kalantzakos 

to Devonshire Place 

Andover, MA 01810 

Hello everyone! I am writing this on the day 
after attending our 15-year reunion party. It was 
great to reconnect with old friends and re-hash 
old stories. It looked like a fun time was had by 
all. Now on to the updates... • Elizabeth Rohan 
and Stephen Shanahan ('87) were married on 
May 26, 2002, at St. Ignatius Church. Fr. Robert 
verEecke was the celebrant, and not only did he 
deliver a wonderful homily, he arranged for the 
liturgical dancers that those in attendance are 
still talking about! BC alumni in the wedding 
party were Delia Gardner Baird, Kenny Alleyne 
('99), Peter Kelly ('87) and Paul Bell ('88). Also 
in attendance were Don and Lorene Vieira 
Simoneau ('86), Mary Lou Cunningham Kelly 

('90), Laura Subilia-Bell, Michael Leonard ('90), 
Ellen Massucci ('83), Alan Swirski ('85), Sandra 
Washington ('90) and Anthony Autori ('76). The 
reception was held at the Omni Parker House in 
Boston. The couple honeymooned for three glo- 
rious weeks in Italy before settling into their 
home in Winchester. Elizabeth had been work- 
ing as an oncology social worker at the Dana- 
Farber Cancer Institute, teaching sociology 
courses at Boston College and starting her dis- 
sertation work for her PhD in sociology and 
social work at Boston University before 
Stephen's job at United Parcel Service (UPS) 
transferred them to UPS headquarters in 
Atlanta, GA. The couple moved to the Atlanta 
area in May 2003. Stephen is enjoying his work 
in special projects for finance and accounting. 
Elizabeth expects to finish her dissertation work 
in 2004. Elizabeth and Stephen are thrilled to 
announce the birth of their first child, Raffaella 
Elizabeth, born on February 28, 2004. • Rob and 
Paula Bonanno Lordi are pleased to announce 
the birth of their son John Robert "Jack' Lordi. 
Jack was born on January 26. He joins four-year- 
old twin siblings Robert and Hannah who are 
thrilled to play with him. The Lordis live in 
Dover and are presently undergoing a move 
across town. Rob is an original partner and one 
of the managing principals of IGS Boston, a 
strategy consulting arm of Ernst and Young, and 
Paula is a senior director of client management 
with Investors Bank in Boston. • David Qoutier 
wed Catherine Abberton in May 2003. Fellow 
BC alumni in the wedding party included Tom 
Slattery and David Rigazio. David's father, Alan 
Cloutier ('59), is also a fellow Eagle. David is a 
project manager for the law firm of Ropes & 
Gray LLP in Boston and Cathy is currently a 
graduate student at University of Rhode Island. 
The couple resides in Providence, RI. • Joseph 
A. Iocono finally finished his postgraduate train- 
ing. After graduating from medical school at 
Jefferson in Philly, he did five years of general 
surgery at Penn State and a three-year research 
fellowship there on wound healing. After that, 
he completed a two-year clinical fellowship in 
pediatric surgery at St. Christopher's back in 
Philadelphia. Since July 2003, Joe has been at 
the University of Kentucky Children's Hospital 
where he is an assistant professor, specializing 
in minimally invasive surgery in infants and 
children. Joe and his wife, Susan, have two won- 
derful daughters, Amanda (8) and Lauren (6). • 
One final note: As this year marks our 15th 
reunion, it is once again time to hold class offi- 
cer elections. Officer positions include presi- 
dent, vice president, treasurer and secretary. 
Current class officers are Gloria Perez, Dawna 
Cellucci, Joe Peters and Andrea McGrath. If you 
are interested in nominating yourself or another 
classmate for an officer position, please e-mail 
the BC Alumni Association at and indicate "Class of 1989 
Elections" in the subject line. Nominations will 
be accepted until November 1, 2004, after which 
we will notify classmates of all nominees and 
conduct elections. We are hoping to conduct the 
nomination and election process via e-mail, so 
please be sure the BC Alumni Association has 
both your current e-mail and mail address. 
Thank you. 

Kara Corso Nelson 

67 Sea Island 

Glastonbury, CT 06033 



First a little housekeeping. If you have e-mailed 
me recently you may have encountered the new 
anti-spam system I felt compelled to put in place 
in order to avoid the barrage of spam I get daily 
urging me to buy medications (and other things) 
that I have no use for. But don't be discouraged 
- all you have to do is reply once to verify that 
you are not a computer generating the e-mail 
and you're set for life (or for however long I con- 
tinue to write Class Notes, whichever comes 
first!). I apologize for making you jump through 
this hoop, but it had gotten very difficult to wade 
through all the unwanted e-mail, so I felt I need- 
ed to take action. E-mail is still the best way to 
get your news to me, so please keep it up! • 
Kathleen (Straub) McAuslin and her husband 
welcomed the arrival of their third son on 
October 2, 2003. Noah Quinn McAuslin joins 
brothers Joel (9) and Drew (5). The McAuslin 
family lives in Northampton and loves it there. 
They plan to buy a house in a co-housing com- 
munity that is just beginning construction. • 
Christopher Annunziata married Christina 
Messineo, a Georgetown grad, in 1998. They live 
in McLean, VA, just across the Potomac from 
Washington, DC. Chris is an orthopedic surgeon 
and helps take care of the DC United of Major 
League Soccer while Christina is an oncology fel- 
low at the National Cancer Institute of the 
National Institutes of Health. They have a two- 
year-old son. This winter, they had a wonderful 
time at Scott and Kate Olivieri's home in 
Nashua, NH. They invited several of the old 
Fitzpatrick gang up for the weekend. Debbie and 
Robert Considine and Kerri and John Capelli 
stayed for the weekend as well, while Rich 
Graziano, Art Queenan, Peter Tagunilla, James 
Meehan, Bill Murray and Roger Willson also 
showed up for the mini-reunion. • On April 13, 
2004, Rich Iannessa and wife Jaime welcomed 
their first child, daughter Ava Victoria. Both wife 
and daughter are doing wonderfully and the 
Iannessas send warm wishes to all! • Richard 
DeMarco recently married Lisa Saccoccio. 
Richard is currently working as a computer ana- 
lyst. BC grads in attendance at their wedding 

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were Nancy (DeMarco) Curtin ('87), Thomas 
Curtin ('86) and Leanne DeMarco ('99). • 
Michael Dupee has left Goldman Sachs in New 
York City and has moved on to a new opportuni- 
ty back in Vermont. Mike accepted a senior-level 
position at Green Mountain Coffee Roasters in 
Waterbury Center, VT, providing leadership, 
direction and execution for company practice, 
policy and strategy in the areas of corporate citi- 
zenship and corporate social responsibility. He 
will be in this position as of July 1. If you want to 
reach Mike while he's in transit his personal e- 
mail address is • Jay 
Tanghey, Jr., was promoted to partner at Mintz, 
Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, PC. Jay 
practices in the litigation section of the firm's 
Boston office. • This past spring, Phil Rectra 
recorded two CDs, both in the crooning genre. 
On June 14, there was a record release party at 
Johnny D's in Somerville, MA. It's Phil's first 
effort in the realm of recorded music, but he has 
more projects already scheduled for later this 
year and 2005! • Missy (Campbell) Reid was the 
mastermind behind a little reunion for the girls 
at Foxwoods Resort and Casino in May. Armine 
(Kushigian) Kanis. Susie (Mullarkey) Iovanne, 
Laura (Byrne) O'Connor, Chris (Conry) Flynn, 
Diane (Cordano) Cordon, Sue Pepin Fay and I 
enjoyed dining, some gambling and mostly each 
other's company. Diane mentioned she was con- 
sidering leaving her physical therapy practice on 
Long Island to pursue other things, such as 
teaching, though after seeing her performance 
on the slots that night, I'm thinking she's got a 
few options. Armine and husband Michael 
moved to East Greenwich, RI, last summer; they 
run into John Leisching quite often, who is a 
neighbor of theirs. Armine and Michael have 
opened up "Jim's West Bay Deli" in North 
Kingston, RI, a New York-style deli that rolls out 
the red carpet for BC alums! Armine and 
Michael have two daughters, Alyssa (6) and 

Nikki (3). Sue Pepin Fay and husband Tom have 
a new daughter, Leah, who was born on Saint 
Patrick's Day. • It's not too soon to think about 
our 15th reunion! Franz Loeber writes that he is 
chairing the Reunion Gift Committee and is 
looking for volunteers. Contact Franz at if you're available to help. 
It means a few phone calls to classmates, which 
is always a great way to catch up with old friends! 

Peggy Morin Bruno 

2 High Hill Rd. 

Canton, CT 06019 

One wedding, six babies and an induction (not 
the baby kind!)... News was a little slow this go- 
around, so remember to send in all the news you 
have to share! You know everyone loves to hear 
what's happening! • Congratulations to Ed 
Corvese and his new wife, Yana Regan, who 
were married in Jakarta, Indonesia, on May 7, 
2004. Ed and Yana honeymooned in Bali and 
Singapore. They now live in Quincy. Ed has a 
law practice in Rhode Island. • Congratulations 
also go to Christine (Pokoly) Redfern and her 
husband, Neill, on the birth of their first child, 
Margaret Frances, on February n, 2004. They 
live in Steamboat Springs, CO, where Neill is a 
snowboard instructor and lacrosse coach and 
Christine is taking a break from ski instructing 
to be a stay-at-home mom. • Patty (Deshaies) 
McPherson and her husband, Sean, had a baby 
boy, Jake, on April 16. He joins his older sister, 
Kasey. Patty and her family live in Redondo 
Beach, CA, but were planning to move back to 
Massachusetts this summer. • Chris Kypriotis 
moved to Sao Paulo, Brazil, in September 2003. 
He is the president of Billabong South America. 
He welcomed his first child, Athina Christie 
Kypriotis, a baby girl, on April 14, 2004. • 
Congratulations to Kelly (Flavin) Rowan and her 

husband, Matt, on the birth of their son, 
Matthew William, on August 18, 2003. Matthew 
joins older sister Kara (2). Kelly and Matt are liv- 
ing in Belmont. • Maria (Niell) Bannon and her 
husband, Kevin, are pleased to announce the 
arrival of their son, Joseph Ignacio, on March 7. 
Maria and Kevin live in Mamaroneck, NY, and 
work in Manhattan. • Congratulations to my 
dear friend and BC roommate Kerrie (Shaheen) 
T.iggio and her husband, Andrew, on the arrival 
of their son, Jack Finnigan Liggio. Jack was born 
on Sunday, May 23, 2004. He joins his big sister, 
Kate (2). • Finally, congratulations to Brian 
Kelley ('92), who will be one of eight athletes to 
be inducted into the Boston College Varsity Club 
Hall of Fame. Brian was a star second baseman 
for BC from 1989-91. The induction ceremony 
will be held on Sunday, November 7, 2004. • I 
hope everyone had a fantastic summer and will 
remember to send in your updates of your sum- 
mer fun! The deadline for the next column is 
September 3. 

Paul L Cantello 

The Gotham 

255 Warren St., No. 813 

Jersey City, NJ 07302 

James Manfield was married on August 31, 
2003, in Boulder, CO, to Jill Arends (a '92 grad- 
uate of the University of Maryland). Matt Woods 
('00) was his best man. James spent almost five 
years living in Colorado working for Sun 
Microsystems. The couple recendy moved back 
to the Boston area. James can be reached at and would love to 
hear from friends still in the area. • Paul Carroll 
was married on October 18, 2003, to Jennifer 
Howard. They honeymooned in Aruba and have 
happily settied into their new home in Cranston, 
RI. Paul is currently an organizational develop- 
ment specialist with Boston Financial, Inc. His 
wife is a quality analyst at PFPC, Inc. • Darin 
Weeks has been elected president of the 
Falmouth Commodores of the Cape Cod 
Baseball League. At age 33, he is the youngest 
president in the 118 years of the franchise's exis- 
tence. Darin is also a mortgage lending officer at 
Cape Cod 5 Cents Savings Bank. • Chris (Sloan) 
Schroeder recendy moved to St. Joseph, MI, a 
small town a couple hours east of Chicago. Chris 
is still teaching high school and loving it. • 
Sarnir Asaf is the author of Executive Corporate 
Finance: The Business of Enhancing 
Shareholder Value. He is currentiy a financial 
director at AT&T Corp. in New Jersey. • Reena 
Thadhani was promoted to partner at Mintz, 
Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, PC, 
where she practices in the trusts and estates sec- 
tion. • Celeste (DeMarco) Hedequist lives in 
Boston with her husband, Daniel. In July 2003 
they welcomed their daughter, Jane Audree. 
Celeste is a lawyer in the patent group at Foley 
Hoag, LLP in Boston, and her husband works at 
Children's Hospital in Boston. • Brad Roe and 
his wife had their second child, Christian 
Bradley Roe, on September 22, 2003. His sister, 
Sydney (2-1/2), is enjoying her new brother. 
Brad still lives in Santa Barbara, CA. His first 
novel, A Saint's Last Tear, was recendy pub- 
lished. • Christa (Hainey) and David Cormier are 
living in Medway. Dave is working at Harvard 



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355 Sixth St. #2 

Brooklyn, NY 11215 

Janine (Bova) Goldstein and husband Andrew 
welcomed their first child, Reagan Elizabeth 
Goldstein, on May 10, 2004. Janine left the prac- 
tice of law as an assistant district attorney in 
June 2002 and started teaching seventh grade 
English at Pentucket Regional Middle School in 
West Newbury in September 2002. Heather 
(Costello) Sullivan (LGSOE '95) and her two 
brothers, Christopher and Sean, all got married 
in Rockport during the summer of 2000! 
Heather and her husband, Richard, celebrated 
their daughter Holly's first birthday on January 
29, 2004. They live in Pembroke. Heather 
teaches English in the Hingham Public Schools 
and Richard is an engineer for Webster 
Engineering in Boston. Heather has some great 
updates on her BC friends. Her good friend 
Annmarie (Carr) Fennelly (LGSOE '96) also 
teaches English in Hingham. Annmarie and 
husband Stephen live in Weymouth and have 
three children, Claire (3) and twins Megan and 
Brian (1). Heather's brother Chris and his wife, 
Carmen (Ochoa) Costello ('95), welcomed their 
second child, daughter Marisa, on May 1, 2004. 
Son Patrick will be two this August. They reside 
in Rowley. Carmen is currently on leave from 
teaching in the Gloucester Public Schools and 
Chris is working for the Building Center of 
Gloucester. Heather also keeps in touch with 
classmates Robert Tango (Chicago, IL), Julie 
Taylor-Massey (Denver, CO) and Bethany 
(Sherman) McGrail (Augusta, ME). Michele 
(Campbell) Scannell and husband Ken wel- 
comed their second son, Kyle Christopher, on 
February 23, 2004. Kyle joins big brother Jack. 
The Scannell family is enjoying their new home 
in Shrewsbury. Jennifer (Viklund) Smith and 
husband Steve were blessed with the birth of 
their son, Daniel Pierre Smith, on December 24, 
2003. Diane (Cheetham) married Nat Leakey, 
who is CEO of Preston Senior Living, in 1997. 
Diane received her MBA at Southern Methodist 
University (SMU) and worked for the Dallas 
Museum of Art and SMU in fund-raising. 
Although being at home with her two girls, 

Charlotte (3) and Georgia (1), keeps her busy, 
Diane somehow finds the time to also head 
fund-raising for the development of a high 
school for her girls' Montessori school in Dallas. 
After finishing a three-year stint with the Salt 
Lake Olympics, Liz Ridley Leckemby moved to 
Chicago to work on the 2003 US Open Golf 
Championship. Immediately after the 2003 US 
Open, she began a new position with the 2005 
US Women's Open in Denver, CO. In the fall of 
2003, Liz married Harry Leckemby, Jr., on the 
Jersey Shore. BC alums Molly Carroll and Tobin 
Dominick Arsenault ('96) were able to join in 
the festivities but thankfully not in their honey- 
moon to Australia and New Zealand. They are 
now living in Colorado Springs and welcome 
anyone to visit or contact them! Erin (Burgoyne) 
currently lives in Martinsburg, WV, with hus- 
band John Reisenweber, a Washington and Lee 
graduate. In July 2003, they welcomed first 
child, Jack, and are truly enjoying the challenges 
and fun that come with being parents. Erin grad- 
uated from West Virginia University College of 
Law in May 2003 and currently is a law clerk for 
a West Virginia circuit judge. She'll begin a 
clerkship with a US District Court judge this 
August. John is the district field representative 
for Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito. On 
March 27, 2004, classmate Noelle Barnes mar- 
ried Jason D. Williams (who, in Noelle's words, 
is "not a BC alum, but nobody's perfect"). They 
had a picture-perfect wedding in Lake Las Vegas, 
about 15 miles off the Vegas Strip, next to a lake, 
with lots of family and friends who had flown in 
for the occasion. Noelle and Jason have been liv- 
ing in Seattle for the last seven years and plan to 
keep on doing so. She's loving her work at and, believe it or not, the misty 
Seattle weather (apparently the constant rain 
and mist are doing wonders for her complex- 
ion)! They plan on moving someday - maybe 
back to Boston - but will be staying there for the 
foreseeable future with their own Seattle zoo 
(two dogs and two cats). Dani (Caracciolo) Burke 
is currently living in Berkeley, CA, with husband 
Joe and their new daughter, Natalie Maria. Dani 
is a content producer for LeapFrog, a toy compa- 
ny that is just a short commute from their home 
in the hills! Husband Joe is a lawyer at Werner 
and Burke, a firm he started with a friend that 
handles commercial litigation and IP cases 
among others. Although Dani is still in touch 
with many BC friends, she couldn't make our 
10th reunion due to being eight months preg- 
nant. She welcomes anyone who'd like to get in 
touch ( Heather 
(Hughes) Marden, husband Kevin and son Cal (2) 
are really enjoying the new addition to their fami- 
ly, Chloe, born on March 9. Dilip Paliath and wife 
Tracey welcomed their first child, Hannah Mary 
Paliath, on May 18, 2004. Eric Wiberg received a 
JD/Master of Marine Affairs from the School of 
Law at Roger Williams University in May 2004. 
For those of you who write in, please know that I 
always reply as confirmation. So, if you don't hear 
from me, please resend your e-mail! Many thanks 
and hope you all had a great summer! 

Nancy E. Drane 

226 E. Nelson Ave. 

Alexandria, VA 22301 


Happy summer! This issue I have some news of 
my own to share. On May 8, 2004, Dana 
Colarulli ('95) and I were married at St. Ignatius. 
We were joined by many BC folks, including 
Stacy Beardsley ('92), Deb (Nugent) Lussier, Rob 
Fortier ('95) and Charlie Drane ('95), who were 
in the wedding party. Beth Coyle, Elizabeth 
(O'Hearn) Galvin, Lori MacDonald, Josie 
(Losada) McMahon, Shireen (Pesez) Rhoades 
and Erin (Miller) Spaulding represented the 
Class of '94. Also in attendance were a slew of 
Class of '95 folks - Ruth and Jeremy Anagnos, 
Jeff Croteau, Kristen D'Amato, Lori-Ann Fallon, 
Steve Deroian, Tara McGrath and Mike and 
Kristen Rozman - as well as Megan Devers 
('96), Dan Rinzel ('92) and - most importantly 
- my dad ('50). We had a wonderful time with all 
of them! • Jeanne (Hurley) Horsey and her hus- 
band, Charlie, welcomed Sarah McCrea to their 
family in July 2003. Sarah joins big brother 
Duren (3) and big sister McCormick (2). Jeanne, 
who lives in Madison, NJ, is a part-time pediatric 
nurse practitioner in pediatric pulmonology 
practice. Jenny Crawford is currently deployed 
with the Fkst Infantry Division in Tikrit, Iraq, in 
support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Jenny is a 
defense attorney with the Army JAG Corps. She 
has sent me a number of interesting updates 
about her experiences there. If you'd like to wish 
Jenny well, you can reach her at Elena 

(Lagratta) Coppola married Joseph M. Coppolla 
on May 1, 2004, at St. Joseph's Church in 
Danbury, CT, with a reception following at Glen 
Island Harbour Club in New Rochelle, NY. The 
couple got engaged in Florence, Italy, overlook- 
ing the Ponte Vecchio in October 2003. Elena 
writes that it was a dream come true! After hon- 
eymooning in Hawaii, the couple returned to 
Stamford, CT, where Elena is a vice president of 
human resources for Citigroup Asset 
Management. Mark Bodie wanted the rest of the 
class to know about a fund that has been put 
together to honor our classmate Ed Vanacore, 
who was killed on September 11, 2001. The 
Edward Vanacore Student Assistantship Fund 
was established by the Vanacore family with the 
assistance of John ('91) and Mary-Beth (Pupa, 

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'93) Henry. The intent of the assistantship fund 
is to commemorate Ed's considerable contribu- 
tion to music at BC and to award assistantships 
to members of BC bOp! in support of their BC 
education. If you would like more information, 
please contact: The Boston College Bands, 140 
Commonwealth Avenue, Conte Forum, 
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467. • I must end with 
some sad news. I received word from the friends 
and family of Anthony "TR" Russo that he 
passed away while awaiting organ transplant 
surgery in Pittsburgh, PA. After TR recovered 
from an organ transplant in May 2002, he 
became a strong advocate for organ donation. 
TR served as a mentor to other patients awaiting 
transplants in Pittsburgh and was a volunteer at 
fund-raising events for the University of 
Pittsburgh Medical Center transplant program. 
In fact, it was when he returned to Pittsburgh to 
volunteer at one of these events that he fell ill. 
TR's friends and family shared that he had a 
positive outlook through adversity and was an 
inspiration to all who knew him. He taught 
them to appreciate life and never take it for 
granted. Even as TR's health took a turn for the 
worse last fall, he remained strong in his wish to 
encourage others to become organ donors. • I 
am packing for our reunion weekend as I write 
this up. I look forward to seeing everyone there, 
and gathering some more information for next 
issue's column! 

David S. Shapiro 

m6 Boulevard 

West Hartford, CT 06119 


My apologies to the Class of 1995 due to some 
family emergencies, I have shirked some of my 
responsibilities - but I'm here to reestablish our 
class column, and in good time, too. We're near- 
ing our 10th anniversary year - that means a 
reunion on the Heights, ladies and gentlemen! 
Continue to send your updates, and please be 
sure to include your full name and school to 
make transcription easy. I'm beginning my third 
year of surgical residency and having a ball - if 
you find yourself in the area, be sure to look me 
up! Alana Zimmerman received her MBA from 
New York University's Leonard N. Stern School 
of Business. She majored in finance and man- 
agement and is currently director of corporate 
relations at Fleet Specialist, Inc. Sarah (Hong) 

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Yoo gave birth to Nathan Christopher Yoo on 
October 18, 2003. Ashlee (Bunt) Cumello wel- 
comed her second daughter, Ava Katherine, on 
November 24, 2004. Ava joins big sister Lilly (3). 
They live in New York with their proud papa, 
Pete. Bethany (DeTar) Gillen gave birth to her 
second son, Zachary Thomas Gillen, on January 
25, 2004. Zach joins big brother Jimmy (3). Erin 
(Razzetti) Aben is happily married to husband 
Joe, and the couple recently welcomed son 
Jameson on May 16, who joins daughter 
Samantha. Erin has finally found her passion 
and career as a clinical social worker. Currently, 
she is focusing on working with and assisting 
families and their children with autism. The 
Abens five in Crofton, MD. They'd love to hear 
from their friends at 
Fellow chemistry scholar Maggie Teliska just 
completed her PhD in chemistry at George 
Washington University. She's been working in 
fuel cells and will be working at Naval Research 
Labs in DC as a post-doctorate. Diana (Barman) 
and Steve Susann continue to five in Colorado 
Springs, CO, and would like to announce the 
arrival of their second child, Julia Anne, on 
February 16, 2004. Steve was not able to make it 
home for the birth since he was serving in Iraq 
as a captain in the US Special Forces. He was 
able to be on the phone for the birth and hear the 
baby's first cry. Steve is expected home soon, and 
our prayers are with him. Mary "Mimi" Sullivan 
and Tom Gallagher ('93) were married on June 
14 on Nantucket Island. Professor T Frank 
Kennedy, SJ, director of the Jesuit Institute of 
BC, officiated at the ceremony. The bride's sister, 
Tara (Sullivan) Cristalli ('94), was the matron of 
honor and Leah Wasnewsky was a bridesmaid. 
In attendance from '95 were Luke O'Connell, 
Ann Toohey, Tom Lu, Jay Verzosa and Hien 
Nguyen. Other BC guests in attendance were the 
father of the groom, Frank Gallagher ('61), Lynn 
Coffin Brendemuehl ('84), Rita Riley Loughlin, 
Barb (Forster) Peberdy ('94), Diana Garcia ('94) 
and Fiona Johnston ('94). Alisa (Gatti) Alt and 
her husband, Steve, welcomed their first child, 
Steven Christopher, in December 2003. His dot- 
ing aunt, Lynette Gatti (LGSOE '96), is enjoying 
him from afar - she has been teaching in the 
severe special needs program at the Bennett- 
Hemenway School in Natick for the past five 
years while Alisa and family are living in 
Randolph, NJ. Tom O'Keefe is living in Boston 
and founded in January 

2003. The company is an integrated communi- 
cations tool for independent researchers. Jean 
Ermis was married to Dennis French on May 23, 

2004, in Montego Bay, Jamaica. A reception fol- 
lowed on July 10 in Myrtle Beach, SC, with BC 
'95 attendees Mary Cristin Flynn, Maureen 
(Grealish) White, Lillie Lucas, Kate May, 
Kimberley (McCarty) McMahon. Sharon 
(Turner) Mainero, Maura Winson, Renata 
(Piekielniak) Cary and Sean and Kerry Ennis. 
Jeannie is currendy the web manager at Coastal 
Carolina University in Conway, SC, and is work- 
ing on her PhD in computer information sys- 
tems. Lisa N. Bertrand has recently been 
appointed executive director of the Center for 
United Nations Reform Education (CURE), an 
organization that conducts research and gener- 
ates publications on improving the effectiveness 

of the United Nations system. Lisa has become 
the first woman of color to hold this position. 
Congratulations to Lisa! Keep your classmates 
informed, everyone - if you don't see your name 
here, it's because you didn't send anything to 
me! Keep in touch! 

Mike Hofman 

517 E. 13th Street, #20 

New York, NY 10009 


m hofman @inc. com 

So I hope everyone is enjoying their 30th birth- 
day parties. I've been to Matt Keswick's, 
Mariessa Longo's, Megan Storz's, Andrew 
Fellingham's and Jim Roth's recently. Whenever 
we're bored, Rachel (Hough and I discuss where 
our parties are going to be this summer. So, onto 
real news: Rick Staropoli writes that since I last 
saw him (May 1996), he married his girlfriend, 
Leanne, graduated law school and passed the 
bar, all in 2000. He just finished more than 
three years as a public defender in Rochester, 
NY. Now, he is an associate at Harris, 
Chesworth, O'Brien, Johnstone, Welch & Leone, 
a law firm in Rochester. He writes: "Occasional 
sightings of Joe Lobozzo when he and his wife - 
and new son - come into Rochester from 
Cleveland; even less frequent get-togethers with 
Nathan Fisher, Neal Tyrrell and the whole 
Solstice crew; and the VERY occasional e-mail 
with Justin Chura and his wife in Pittsburgh. No 
kids. Two dogs. Four friends. A handful of 
acquaintances." (Class Notes appreciates the 
simple arithmetic!) Rick also reports that he is 
getting back into acting for the first time in 13 
years. He was just cast as Edgar in King Lear, for 
Rochester's Shakespeare in the Park this sum- 
mer. My lovely East Village neighbor Anna 
Pizarro (who told me she was shy and did not 
want a shout-out in this column, but anyway) 
just got her first co-producer's credit on a film. 
The documentary she worked on is called 
"WMD: Weapons of Mass Deception," a look at 
how the media covered the war in Iraq. Anna 
traveled to Dubai and Rotterdam to work on the 
film. She is now at work on her own documen- 
tary. Gina Davis is pursuing a master's of writ- 
ing at University of Southern California and is 
living in Los Angeles. She is interning at 
DreamWorks part-time, as well as coaching soc- 
cer for her old high school, Marymount. 
Johanna Roodenburg writes that she was mar- 
ried to Richard Deleissegues fn Islamorada, FL, 
earlier this year. In attendance were Class of '96 
members Andrew TK, Mary LeBoeuf with her 
husband, Henry Ostaszewski - she has two chil- 
dren, Benjamin (2) and Brooke (4) - Orlando 
Acosta, and Judy (Cantallops) with husband 
Michael Vignola and their nine-month-old son, 
Andrew. Judy was a member of the wedding 
party. Johanna lives in San Diego where she 
practices insurance defense litigation (eep!) and 
has been working for Callahan McCune & 
Willis, a regional law firm, for over a year. She 
says she sees fellow alum Tom Hobbs around 
town. Noreen McDonagh and Daniel Zelano 
were married on September 20, 2003, at Sacred 
Heart Church in Quincy. Jessica (Francis) 
Jefferis was one of the bridesmaids and other 
guests in attendance from BC were Lori (Neill) 
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(Doherty) Femandes, Brette Geiselman, Erin 
Twomey ('95) and Rebecca McCosh ('00). The 
newlyweds honeymooned in Hawaii for two 
weeks, after which they returned to living and 
working in Zurich, Switzerland. After six years 
of living in Europe, Noreen and Dan will most 
likely return to Boston later this year. Sue 
McMullen Cushing and husband Jay welcomed 
their son, Samuel McMullen Cushing, on 
September 24, 2003. I'm told he religiously 
watches BC sports. Jay and Susan were married 
in 2001 and had their reception at the Boston 
College Club. Bridesmaids included fellow class- 
mates Carolyn Levy Puzzuoli (married in 2001 
to husband Patrick), Christine Vivo Marijosius 
(married in 2000 to fellow Class of '96er Vydas) 
and Nicole LeBlanc Blessing (married in 2001 to 
husband Paul). The Cushings are living in 
Charlestown. Susan was most recentiy a market- 
ing manager at Ropes & Gray before deciding to 
stay home with Sam. She is also studying for an 
MBA at Boston University. Margaret Maupin 
moved to London about a year and a half ago. 
She's almost finished with her MBA from 
Middlesex University Business School in 
London and has been working as a communica- 
tions agent for a company that matches free- 
lance PR people with clients. She writes that 
she's visited Amsterdam, Dublin, Milan, 
Madrid, Paris, Brussels and Edinburgh recentiy. 
She adds: "I do try to keep in touch with a few 
folks from our class. As a matter of fact, I was a 
bridesmaid last summer in Nina Sanchez's wed- 
ding in San Juan, Puerto Rico. It had a live, 15- 
piece salsa band. The entire wedding party got 
intense salsa lessons at the rehearsal dinner! 
Also in attendance were Maureen Miller and her 
husband, Tony Mullin. Julie DeMatteo, Cathy 
O'Dwyer, and Kristin Wood. Moe Miller had a 
gorgeous baby girl a few months back." 
Marianne (Troiano) married Christopher Walsh 
on April 3, 2004', in New York City. BC brides- 
maids were Janis Kersten, Pamela Sanchez, 
Elizabeth Mignone and Marybeth (Cosgrove) 
Leiphart. Other BC 'g6ers in attendance were 
Robinson Harnandez, Kerry McGinn, Rebekah 
Kenworthy, Amy (Hanrahan) Lydon, Sally 
Sharkey, Sarah (Leonard) Flaherty and Kim 
O'Nefll. Finally, a sad note: Mariessa Longo's 
father, Sam, died earlier this spring. Along with 
many BC people, I have fond memories of Sam 
manning the grill at tailgates or at his home in 

Connecticut, and of the time we went clamming 
together on Martha's Vineyard. He was a class 
act, and everyone who was lucky enough to 
know him will miss him very much. 

Sabrina M. Bracco 

227 E. 83rd St., No. 3-A 

New York, NY 10021 

Hope you're all enjoying the summer. Here's the 
latest news... Crista Pontilena and Christopher 
Vigeant were married on October 18, 2003, at 
Holy Trinity Church in Hackensack, NJ. The 
reception was held at Florentine Gardens in 
River Vale. Class of '97 grads in the bridal party 
included Ahssa Almeida, Meghan Rull, 
Stephanie (Budd) Kryzak, Brian Matteson, Keith 
Vivona and Michael Chevalier. Other BC grads 
in attendance were Patricia (Navarrete) Ortega, 
Kevin Mitchell, Matthew Kelly, Thomas Brooks, 
Denise Fogel, Antonio Cella, Spiros Giannaros, 
Athena (Lymberopoulos) Giannaros ('98), David 
Carovillano ('76), Rebecca (Carovillano) 
Bouvette ('82), Deborah (Carovillano) Fitzgerald 
('75), Edward Fitzgerald ('75) and Sean 
Fitzgerald ('00). Retired BC Physics Professor 
Robert Carovillano (who is also Crista' s uncle) 
was also present. Crista and Chris honey- 
mooned in Hawaii. Crista is an assistant vice 
president at UBS Financial Services, Inc. and 
Chris is an information systems consultant at 
MetLife. Cameron Ward and Melyn Roberson 
welcomed their first child, Aubrey Cameron 
Ward, on February 18, 2004. Bernadette 
Meehan left her job in New York City as a vice 
president in the asset management division of 
Lehman Brothers to join the State Department. 
She was sworn in as a foreign service officer on 
April 23 by Secretary of State Colin Powell. 
Bernadette will complete a two-year tour in 
Bogota, Colombia, working as a consular officer 
at the American Embassy. The tour begins in 
August. She can be reached during that time at Heather 
(Signore) married Greg MondeUi on April 18, 
2004. A garden ceremony and reception were 
held at Fox Hollow in Woodbury, NY. Michael 
Libby officiated at the ceremony. The wedding 
party included fellow BC alumni Jennifer (Lue) 
Anderson, Wendy Gordon ('96) and Tricia 
Coyle. Other Eagles in attendance were Karl 
Haslinger, Charles Dunn, Joshua Kruter, Al 
Cortes, Christina Semmel and Liz Ferson. The 
couple met at Kanterman & Taub, PC in 
Manhattan, where Heather is an associate attor- 
ney and Greg is a partner. Heather and Greg 
honeymooned in Italy immediately following 
the wedding and now make their home in Forest 
Hills, NY. In April, Dan Neumann, his wife, 
Kristen, and their daughter, Julia, moved to their 
new home in Norwell. Manuel Ledesma, execu- 
tive producer and founder of Vuela 
Entertainment Company, partnered with Apple 
Music Store and Sony Connect for the distribu- 
tion and global promotion of artists under the 
Vuela Brand. Jill Desmarais and Jason Koval 
were married in Aspen, CO, on September 20, 
2003. In attendance were fellow BC alumni 
Meredith Byrne, Meg Willoughby and Laura 
Paczosa. Jill and Jay met in Chicago while Jill 
worked as an associate analyst in equity research 

and Jay pursued his MBA at Kellogg. Following 
a year of traveling abroad, the Kovals have settled 
into married life in San Francisco. JJ Tighe is 
serving as a UH-60 Blackhawk maintenance test 
pilot with the First Cavalry Division in Taji, Iraq, 
about 10 kilometers north of Baghdad. He is 
joined in Iraq by his wife, Ingrid, who is serving 
in Baghdad near the international airport. At the 
conclusion of their tour in Iraq, Ingrid and J J 
will be moving to Atlanta, GA, where JJ has 
accepted a position with the General Electric 

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2316 Sherman Ave., Apt. 2A 

Evanston, IL 60201 

Happy fall! I hope you all had a great summer. 
My husband, Nate, and I have moved to 
Chicago, where he is attending Kellogg to get his 
MBA. I am currently working for Time Inc. on a 
new magazine called All You that will be 
launched in Wal-Mart nationwide this fall. It is a 
women's magazine very similar to Real Simple. 
I need to thank Charise Rohm, who works for 
Time Inc. on Teen People in San Francisco, for 
the referral. Kyle Geiselman lives with Bryan 
"Bo" McCorry, Bryan McGinn and Andy 
McLaughlin in South Boston. Kyle is finishing 
up law school at Suffolk. Valerie Barges recentiy 
finished her master's in speech-language pathol- 
ogy at Northeastern University. She plans to 
work in pediatrics at an early intervention pro- 
gram in New York City. Ann Baldelli MacDonald 
gave birth to a son, Sam Joseph MacDonald, on 
January 3, 2004. She was married early last year 
to David MacDonald at a winery in Sonoma, CA. 
Other BC alums in attendance include Darby 
Rice, Angie Graham Holins, Megan Gayman 
Parker, Jodie Lake, Fergus O'Donoghue, Brian 
Soucek, Will Beekman and Lisa Wagner. Lou 
Corapi has been working for GE since gradua- 
tion with assignments in the United States, 
Europe and Asia. He met his wife, Mia, who is 
originally from Norway, during a six-month 
assignment in Barcelona. They were married 
there in 2001 and have a daughter, Charlotte, 
and a son, Marcus. They're currently living and 
working in Amsterdam. Mark Hefflinger ran 
the Los Angeles marathon on March 7. Jefif Sgro 
and his wife, Andrea, just bought a new place in 
Del Mar and Jeff competed in a surfing compe- 

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tition in the spring. Darlene Sliva has returned 
from living in Honolulu, HI, as her travel nurs- 
ing days have come to an end. She recently 
moved back to Chicago to pursue her master's 
degree in the field of nurse anesthesia at Rush 
University. Upon graduation in 2005, she will be 
working in the operating room at Northwestern 
Memorial Hospital within the Department of 
Anesthesia. Nancy Angiola and Joseph Burke 
(Providence College '97) were married in June 
2003 on Long Island. Laura Mooney and 
AUyson Olewnik were in the wedding party, and 
Courtney Donohoe and Sean Harrington ('97) 
were also in attendance. Nancy and Joe bought 
their first house in Dedham this spring. Both 
work at Fidelity Investments. Fergus 
O'Donoghue is currently living in Washington, 
DC, and working with the Media Strategy group 
of Deloitte Consulting in New York City. Jen 
Coyle and Jan Sapak, who were married this past 
fall, closed on their first home in the spring! It is 
a large ranch in Westwood. Jen is working for 
Health Bridge Management as a nurse evaluator 
in Boston and her husband is practicing den- 
tistry in Cambridge. Amy (Sundman) and Ted 
Kim relocated from Maryland to Indiana last 
December, where Ted started a new job report- 
ing for the Indianapolis Star. They purchased 
their first home, which Amy works out of as a 
freelance graphic designer. Kysa (Edsall) Crusco 
graduated from Suffolk Law in Boston in May 
2002 and passed both the Massachusetts and 
New Hampshire bars! In September 2002, she 
married Jeremy Crusco, whom she met when 
she was in eighth grade. The wedding was held 
at Lake Winnipausakee in New Hampshire. BC 
alums in attendance were Michele Welch, a 
bridesmaid, Tony Wladyka, Dawn Marie 
(O'Brien) Wladyka ('96), Jenn McLean, 
Samantha Briggs, Lindsey Hammond and Jeff 
Thomson ('89). The couple bought a house in 
Manchester, NH, and Kysa opened her own law 
firm downtown. Michele Welch moved to New 
York City and is the manager of integrated mar- 
keting for Fremantle Media, which is part of the 
Bertelsmann group. Fremantle Media produces 
and markets "American Idol," "The Price Is 
Right" and "Family Feud." Maggie Villamana 
just returned from a trip to Thailand and 
Vietnam. She graduated from the University of 
Arizona Medical School in the spring and has 
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Tucson, AZ. She also just recently bought her 
first house! Tony Wladyka is living and working 
in New York. He's an associate attorney at 
Proskaeur and Rose. He married Dawn Marie 
(O'Brien) Wladyka a few years ago. Jennifer 
McLean is living and working in Boston. She is 
a graphic designer at Mintz and Levin and also 
does graphic design for her own firm, JennyMac 
Designs. Kelly Mahoney married Edward Loggie 
on May 3, 2003, in Bedford, NY. Ed and Kelly 
met after graduation while working at the New 
York Stock Exchange for the Goldman Sachs 
specialist unit Spear, Leeds and Kellogg. Kelly 
now works for Merrill Lynch where she covers 
the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic region for their 
soft dollar sales division. Ed continued on with 
Goldman Sachs and is now a specialist at the 
New York Stock Exchange. BC classmates in 
attendance at their wedding included Heather 
Bordick, Rebecca (Yalmokas) Sheehan, Teige 
Sheehan ('95), Lesley Shinay, Meg Hegarty and 
Megan McDonnell. Ed and Kelly now reside in 
Hoboken, NJ. Stephanie (Calone) and her hus- 
band, Patrick Gagnon, had their first son, 
Andrew Patrick Gagnon, born on February 9, 
2004. Mike Siravo and Alison Cahill ('99) were 
married on May 29, 2004 in Newport, RI. Mike 
is a football coach at Columbia University and 
Alison is an attorney at Skadden Arps. They 
reside on Morningside Heights on the Upper 
West Side of Manhattan. BC alums in atten- 
dance at their wedding were Hugh O'Mara and 
his wife (who is also the groom's sister), Kristen 
(Siravo), John Bello and wife Alexandra 
(Reuckle, '99) with their four-month-old son, 
Jack, Bryan Kasperowski and his wife, Emily, 
Chad Kasperowski, Doug Brzezinski and Alise 
Karchmer, Andrew and Connie (Tessitore) 
Krauza with their two-year-old son, Joseph, Tim 
('00) and Elisabeth (Filarski) Hasselbeck ('99), 
Tracey Murphy ('99) and Todd Pollack ('97), 
Jennifer Briggs ('99), Alicia Ferguson ('99) and 
_Eric Nelson ('99), Jackie Sanzari ('99), Nicole 
Nelson ('99), Amy Van Eepoel and Steve 
Valentine, Ereka Vetrini, Jill (Mullare) Hegarty 
('94), Kate Sandman ('99) and Matt McKinley 
('99), and Meghan Dwyer ('99). Alison Curd 
graduated from the Kellogg School of 
Management at Northwestern in June 2004 and 
plans to relocate to Minneapolis in September. 
She will be working for Guidant Corporation, 
which makes medical devices for the heart, in its 
general management leadership program. This 
summer she traveled to South America for a few 
weeks. Paulette Tucciarone received a medical 
degree in May from the Uniformed Services 
University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, 
MD. She was promoted to lieutenant in the US 
Navy upon graduation. She moved into a condo 
in San Diego to begin her psychiatry residency at 
the Naval Hospital in Balboa Park. Jeffrey 
Geoppinger is currently living in Cincinnati, 

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Emily Wildfire 

Elisabeth Hasselbeck has been selected as the 
recipient of the 2004 Young Alumni Award of 
Excellence. All members of the Class of 1999 

are invited to join in honoring her achievements 
at the award ceremony and reception to be held 
at 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 30, 2004, at 
Robsham Theater, Main Campus. For more 
information, please visit 
awards or call 800-669-8430 to reserve space at 
the event. 

Hey Class of 1999! I hope all of you enjoyed our 
five-year reunion. We had an amazing turn-out 
and it was great to catch up with so many old 
friends. I hope that now that reunion is over 
more of you will be encouraged to send in 
updates to Class Notes. We love hearing from 
you and I know that the rest of the class enjoys 
keeping up with the interesting stuff people 
have been doing. Please keep the updates com- 
ing. Andrew and Jennifer (Alden) Gregory 
announce the birth of their first child, Eric Ryan, 
on March 17, 2004. All are happy and healthy 
and residing in Norwood. Jonathan Sullivan and 
Laura Devine were married on July 26, 2003 in 
Hamburg, NY, honeymooned in Maui and now 
live in Portland, OR. BC alumni in attendance at 
their wedding were Michael Frost (best man), 
Erin Anderson (bridesmaid), Richard Benjamin 
('01, reader), Jessica Emanouil, Chris King, 
Megan Niziol, Brynn Rail, Rebecca Schrader, 
Michael Zukowski, Kevin Labonge ('01) and 
Kathleen Neylon ('01). Sam Wholley married 
Gayle Gastineau foi) in November 2002 and 
they currently live in Medford. Gayle is finishing 
up graduate school in nursing at BC, and Sam is 
running a technology and security consulting 
company in Boston. They have a dog, which has 
solidified the fact that they are going to hold off 
on the kids for a while. Van Balachandar is cur- 
rently living in New York and is working for the 
National Basketball Association where she is a 
member of the Global Merchandising Group. 
She wrote that she enjoys being able to travel 
around the country and gets to go to many bas- 
ketball games throughout the year. She says that 
she loves her job particularly because of the 
great people she works with on a daily basis. 
Sandi Nagy and Sean Sinclair were married on 
Long Beach Island, NJ, on September 6, 2003. 
Members of the wedding party included BC 
grads Stephanie and Patrick Gagnon ('98), 
Jennifer Blakeslee, Kelly Warren, Robert Smith, 
and Stephen Marantette. Other BC alums in 
attendance were Angela Myers, Michelle 
Lapworth, Erin Girard, Marc Mastronardi, 
Susan Verrill, Jackie Lemaitre, Karen 
Montenegro, Katie (Hart) and Andrew Rollauer, 
Jay Kaufman, Jamie Hart, Sarah Lick ('00), 
Sarah Almy, Rachel Morrissey, Sam Wholley, 
Laura Karosen, Sarah Shiple, Paul Schrotenboer 
('00), Emiley Zalesky, Ryan Winmill ('00), Holly 
Russell foo), Lori Lefevre, Jeff Wells ('01), Moira 
Traci ('03) and Robert Creedon ('03). The 
Sinclairs now live in Arlington, VA. I hope you 
had a great summer and please continue to send 
in your updates. - MATT • Hello Class of 1999! 
Hoping everyone enjoyed our first reunion 
weekend. It was great to see so many familiar 
faces together again. Being back on campus with 
everyone was incredible. Hopefully everyone 
took the time to catch up with old friends and 
classmates. Here are some additional updates 
for all of you. Kristen Proude, a practicing CPA, 
is currently working as a financial analyst for 



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Brylane. Daniela Grande is working as an assis- 
tant comptroller in the accounting department 
at Vitusa Products, a chemical distributing com- 
pany in New Jersey. Fred Cardone is currently 
working as a senior accountant at Deloitte & 
louche. Samantha Steel currentiy is working as 
the production layout coordinator for Jobson 
Publishing in New Jersey. Megan Clark was mar- 
ried on July 10, 2003, to Chris Kelly in Newport 
RI. Class of 1999 grads in attendance were 
Jolynn Rana, Daniela Grande, Emily Wildfire, 
John Wildfire and Fred Cardone. I hope to hear 
from you soon. - EMILY 

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63 Carolin Trail 

Marshfield, MA 02050 


Hello Class of 2000! Congratulations to our fel- 
low classmates who have recendy completed 
graduate degrees! Philippe Gabriel received his 
Master of Science degree with a concentration in 
bioinformatics from Boston University. Phil 
continues to work for Vertex Pharmaceuticals 
Inc. in Cambridge. Kathryn Reyes received her 
Master of Divinity degree from Loyola 
University in Chicago. She will continue studies 
toward a PhD in theology, which will be concen- 
trated in Christian ethics. Kathryn will continue 
to take courses with Hoon Choi, who is also in 
Loyola's PhD theology program. On May 22, 
2004, Kelleigh Domaingue graduated from the 
Vermont Law School in South Royalton, VT. 
Kelleigh is working as an attorney at Kelley and 
Tilsley, PA, in Manchester, NH. Danielle Rae 
Porcelli has received her first assignment as a 
JAG defense attorney. Her duty station is the 
Naval Legal Service Office in Washington, DC. 
Danielle graduated from Boston College Law 
School in May 2003, where she was honored for 
numerous accomplishments and activities. 
Danielle has been admitted to the New York 
State Bar. At graduation from Naval Justice 
School in March 2004, she earned the American 
Trial Lawyers Association Award for 
"Outstanding Trial Advocacy," presented to the 
student achieving the highest average in the trial 
advocacy course at the Naval Justice School. 
Danielle is presendy living in Alexandria, VA. A. 
Michael D'Amelio graduated from Santa Clara 
Law School and has passed the California bar. 

He is currently working for Governor 
Schwarzenegger in Sacramento, CA. Mike is 
part of a legal counsel team in the administra- 
tion's campaign against organized crime. 
Andrew Curran married Elizabeth Bower on 
April 17, 2004. The couple currentiy resides in 
Cincinnati, OH, where the wedding took place. 
Lastly, Paul Scansaroli married Cameron Ann 
Bedell on December 27, 2003, in Manhasset, 
NY. Russ MacTough served as the best man, and 
Marc Albano, Greg Dwyer, Fletcher Evans and 
Dave Underdown were groomsmen. Paul is cur- 
rentiy pursuing his MBA at the University of 
North Carolina. As always, thanks to everyone 
for keeping our classmates informed. Please 
keep sending the great news! 

Erin Mary R. Ackerman 

The Salter School 

2 Florence St. 

Maiden, MA 02148 


Suzanne Harte 

6 Everett Ave. 

Winchester, MA 01890 


JefF Gallant married Melissa Skow ('03) on 
December 6, 2003. The couple currentiy resides 
in Boston. 

Toni Ann Kruse 

156 President St., Apt. 3 

Brooklyn, NY 11231 

One year later. Can you believe it? The BC bub- 
ble has officially been popped and alumni from 
the Class of 2003 are doing exciting things in 
all different places. Four fellow classmates are 
serving our nation in Iraq. Johnny McCabe is 
the medical platoon leader in iAD stationed 
southeast of Baghdad. Pete Kilpatrick arrived 
in Iraq at the beginning of May 2004 and is the 
scout platoon leader assigned to the First 
Cavalry Division at Camp Victory in Baghdad. 
His address is: 2LT Peter Kilpatrick, D. TRP 
9th CAV, 2nd BDE, 1st CAV DIV, APO AE 
09379. Ryan Mrowka has been serving north- 
east of Baghdad near Ba'Qubah as the medical 
platoon leader of 2-63 Armor Battalion, iID. His 
contact information is: 2LT Ryan Mrowka, HHC, 
TF 2-63, 1st Inf Div OIF, FOB Warhorse APO AE 
09392 (e-mail: 
Maile Yuen will be serving in the Navy off the 
coast of Iraq; she can be reached at: USS PREBLE 
DDG-88, FPO AP 96675 (e-mail: YuenM@pre- They would all greatly appreciate e- 
mail and/or snail mail from familiar faces. 
Jessica Jenkins will be interning for NATO in 
Brussels, and Bob Burke will begin medical 
school this fall at Stanford University. Joe 
Stanley is a pre-sell account manager for the 
Pepsi Corporation in Stamford, CT, along with 
fellow alum Frank Butterfield. Jennifer 
Worsham received a master's in education 
from Boston College this past May. Kara 
Keating is working at Catholic Medical Mission 
Board, a world health organization in New York 
City, as the pharmaceutical unit coordinator. 
She is responsible for obtaining in-kind dona- 
tions of pharmaceutical and medical supplies 

for hospitals and clinics in the developing 
world. Britt Frisk will begin pursuing a gradu- 
ate degree in neonatology nursing at the 
University of Pennsylvania in the fall. Patrick 
Stone- is a staff accountant at 
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in Boston. 
Meaghan Traverse will be attending George 
Washington University this fall to pursue a 
graduate degree in school counseling. Ariana 
Ebrahirnian will begin to pursue her doctoral 
degree at the University of the Pacific Dental 
School this fall. Corey Podell is teaching ele- 
mentary school in Los Angeles while working 
towards her master's in education at Loyola 
Marymount University. Brian Swenson is an 
assistant buyer at Filene's in Boston. Kate 
Schrinsky is the team support manager at 
Cline, Davis & Mann, a pharmaceutical ad 
agency, in New York City. Melissa (Skow) mar- 
ried Jeff Gallant ('02) on December 6, 2003. 
The couple currently resides in Boston. Barry 
Connolly recently joined RBC Dain Rauscher 
as a financial consultant in the Boston office. 
Sarah McKenzie is in the middle of her Jesuit 
volunteer year in Phoenix, AZ, where she is 
working at a non-profit agency that helps 
homeless, ex-felon and low-income clients find 
permanent full-time employment. Congrats to 
all on recent achievements!! As for me, I'm 
working as an estates and personal legal assis- 
tant at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York 
City. Feel free to e-mail me any news you'd like 
to share. Have a great summer! 

Class Notes Editor 

Alumni Association 

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Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 


Rocco M. Bruno (MBA '74) has been appointed 
manager of provider audit and reimbursement 
for Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield. Mark R. 
Dorsey (MBA '99) was named the Americas 
Software Sales Representative of the Year for 

2003. He and his wife welcomed their second 
child, Katelyn Elizabeth Dorsey, on March 13, 

2004. Stephanie Taylor Ashman (MBA '96) and 
her husband, Jonathan, welcomed their first 

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2004 Alumni Achievement 

Awards Ceremony 

Thursday, September 30, 2004 

7 p.m., Robsham Theater 

Celebrate the achievements of 
our most distinguished alumni. 

Complimentary reception following the 

awards ceremony to be held 

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child, Alexander Taylor Ashman, on March 17. 
Stephanie will take the summer off and will 
return to her consulting position with Cap 
Gemini Ernst & Young in New York City in the 
fall on a part-time basis. Stephanie can be reached 

William F. Denehy (MBA '98) has been named 
senior vice president and director of marketing 
and retail banking for South Shore Co-operative 
Bank. Alexis Saikissian (MBA '91) has been 
appointed CEO of Vivid Collection in New York, 
NY. Vivid specializes in large, historical, rare 
white and colored diamonds. It is part of the 
LLD Group. Previously, Alexis was with the 
Richemont Group in Switzerland and Japan for 
13 years. He and his wife, Jennifer, have two 
children - Sacha (6) and Clara (4). They now 
reside on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. 
John M. Halstead (MS '97) of Wethersfield, CT, 
is a 2004 Republican candidate for the First 
Congressional District. 

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Paul Arnstein (PhD '97) has been promoted to 
associate professor with tenure at the School of 
Nursing. Stacey Barone (PhD '93) is on faculty 
of the School of Nursing. Margaret Kearney (MS 
'87) has accepted a position as director of the 
doctoral program at the University of Rochester. 
Kate Collopy (PhD '00) recently published an 
article about women's decision-making about 
multifetal reduction in Research in Nursing and 
Health Care. Kate is on the faculty at University 
of New Hampshire. Loretta Higgins (MS '74, 
DEd '86) recently co-authored "Gender, coedu- 
cation and the transformation of Catholic identi- 
ty in American Catholic higher education" in 
The American Catholic Historical Review. 
Loretta is associate dean for the undergraduate 
program at the School of Nursing. Joanne 
O'Sullivan (MS '97, PhD '03) and Margaret 
Kearney co-authored an article on identity shifts 
in the Western Journal of Nursing Research. 
Congratulations to Mary Beth Singer (MS '93), 
who was recently named Nurse of the Year by 
Nursing Spectrum. 


Michael A. Smyer 

McCuinn Hall, Room 221-A 

Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 


James R. Powers ('}}, MA '34) has been selected 
as the recipient of the 2004 Alumni 
Achievement Award for Education. Daniel 
Downey ('70, MS '76) has been selected as the 
recipient of the 2004 Alumni Achievement 
Award for Science. Fr. Gregory Ramkissoon 
('Si, MA '82) has been selected as the recipient 
of the 2004 Alumni Achievement Award for 
Religion. All graduates of the Graduate School 
of Arts and Sciences are invited to join in hon- 
oring their achievements at the award ceremony 
and reception to be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, 
September 30, 2004, at Robsham Theater, Main 
Campus. For more information, please visit or call 800-669- 
8430 to reserve space at the event. 
Maureen Pirog (MA '75) was appointed Rudy 
professor of public and environmental affairs at 
Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. Rudy 
professorships are awarded to faculty members 
who are viewed by their peers as superior in 
their fields of study. Maureen teaches child 
poverty with an emphasis on welfare reform and 
child support enforcement. Rev. August 
Thompson (MEd '76), who in his words is 
"retired but not yet tired," went to Uganda at the 
end of June 2004 for the ordination of two dea- 
cons who had studied at Notre Dame Seminary 
in New Orleans, and delivered the homily for 
one. He also celebrated his 78th birthday and 
offered Mass at the local Shrine of the Martyrs. 
Congratulations! Karen Hassey Dow (MS '80, 
PhD '92) received the 2004 Oncology Nursing 
Society Excellence in Breast Cancer Education 
Award. Karen is a professor at the University of 
Central Florida in Orlando, FL. She has held 
leadership roles in the Oncology Nursing Society 
(ONS), is a past member of the ONS Foundation 
Board of Trustees and is a member of the 
American Academy of Nursing. 


Nicole Malec Kenyon 
McGuinn Hall, Room 123 
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 

We regret to report the death on April 23, 2004, 
of Rose-Marie DesRoches (MSW '99). She had 
been working at Child and Family Services in 
New Bedford. 


Vicki Sanders 

885 Centre St. 

Newton, MA 02459 

Lauren Stiller Rikleen (JD '79) has been selected 
as the recipient of the 2004 Alumni 
Achievement Award for Law. All graduates of 
the Law School are invited to join in honoring 
her achievements at the award ceremony and 
reception to be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, 
September 30, 2004, at Robsham Theater, Main 
Campus. For more information, please visit or call 800-669- 
8430 to reserve space at the event. • Class Notes 
for Law School alumni are published in the BC 

Law Magazine. Please forward all submissions 
to Vicki Sanders at the above address. 

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Marianne Lucas Lescher ('83, PhD '98) is an ele- 
mentary school principal at Kyrene de la 
Mariposa School in Tempe, AZ. Her school 
received distinction as an "Arizona A+ School" 
from the Arizona Educational Foundation. Only 
12 schools across Arizona received this distinc- 
tion, which is awarded for exemplary education- 
al programs and parent and community sup- 
port. Alice Mclntyre (PhD '96) is the author of 
Women in Belfast: How Violence Shapes 
Identity. Alice is a psychologist, associate profes- 
sor, and director of the elementary education 
program at Hellenic College in Massachusetts. 


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West Roxbury, MA 02132 


Frank McLaughlin ('54, MA '57) wrote to say he 
has had a great year in 2004. He has just become 
a Golden Eagle and he has been teaching eco- 
nomics at BC for 43 years. In July, Frank and his 
wife, Clare, celebrated their golden wedding 
anniversary. Frank really struck gold in 2004! 
Congratulations! • Jane Martin ('58) and her hus- 
band, Maurice Donovan ('59), of Newburyport 
are the proud grandparents of their first grand- 
child, Finn Donovan, born on October 1, 2003. 
Also, Jane and Maurice have made two road trips 
through 43 states in 2000 and 2002. They had a 
mini-reunion for BC alums in their respective 
classes and Jane met Michaela, SSND, at the 
motherhouse in Wilton, CT, in the summer of 
2003. • I was proud to read in the May 27, 2004, 
edition of The Boston College Chronicle that 
Ann Marie Flaherty ('03) is this year's Service 
Award Winner. She said, "I feel privileged to be 
part of BC," and she describes the University as 
"a gold mine of resources, spirituality and God's 
love." Congratulations, Ann, on a well-deserved 
award. • Once again, reunion was well attended 
by the In Town college graduates as well as more 
recent graduates of the Evening College and 
Woods College of Advancing Studies. We were 
privileged to have Fr. Woods, Grace Cotter Regan 
and John Griffin all speak at the reunion. 

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Dear Friends, 

During these last days of summer, we take time to enjoy the lingering great weather even as we look 
ahead to a fall full of exciting national programming. We're beginning the new academic year with a suite of 
enhanced tools for our volunteer leaders, including the first-ever Chapter Leader Handbook, which was dis- 
tributed over the summer, as well as the brand-new chapter Web pages, which were unveiled in July on the 
Alumni Online Community. To view your chapter's page, simply type in followed by the 
name of your chapter (e.g., We hope you will find these new Web 
pages, as well as the redesigned chapter newsletters that will be mailed in September, to be a valuable means 
of staying up to date on chapter news and events. 

Also in September, we will be launching a national dues drive, inviting those of you who live in regions 
where BC has an alumni presence to join your local chapter. In exchange, you'll receive a chapter membership 
card that entitles you to a variety of BC and travel-related discounts. 

The summer has been extremely productive, both at Alumni House and at Boston College chapters 
around the country. The Alumni Association chapter team was thrilled to be invited to present the national 
chapter initiative at the Jesuit Advancement Administrators conference in June at Loyola Marymount 

University in Los Angeles, California. This conference annually brings together alumni relations, communications and fund-raising professionals 
from the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. This was a tremendous opportunity for us to present the national program in front 
of our peers, share best practices and learn from one another. 

Our chapters took advantage of the summer months to provide a variety of opportunities for alums to reconnect with alma mater. Several 
chapters held community service days; others organized networking nights for area alumni; others gathered for organizational meetings to kick- 
start their planning for the coming year; and still others held social or sporting events to give alums a chance to connect with one another in a more 
informal setting. On that front, we congratulate the Boston, Maine, Minneapolis, New Hampshire and Rhode Island chapters on their successful 
golf tournaments and thank Kim O'Neil '97, Ken Pierce '79, Roshan Rajkumar '95, Bill Hamrock '45 and Lisa King '8i for their hard work in organ- 
izing these events. 

As the fall gets under way, we look forward to celebrating with over 600 alumni in Cleveland on the formal debut of their chapter on September 
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Martin S. Ridge '67 

Harry R. Hirshorn '89 

Kenton Brooks '91, JD '94 

Peter J. Salmon '88 

Julie Finora McAfee '93 

Dave Telep '96 

Marco Pace '93 

Michael Gamsey '93 


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Christopher K. Heaslip '86 

Robert P. Vilece '89 

Michael DiForio '98 

Richard Ewing '98 

William F. Hackett '66 

Cam Van Noord '76 

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R. Michael Wirin '89 

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Renee Gorski Morgan '97 

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Maurice J. Downey 04/04 

Peter D. Goldsmith 04/04 

Joanne M. Griffin 04/04 

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Kathleen Ley °4/°4 

Paul L. Malloy 04/04 

Joaquin Martinez, SJ 04/04 

Joseph A. McDonough 04/04 

Florence H. Mintz 10/00 

Robert J. Murphy 09/98 

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Richard G. Sullivan 05/03 

Aloysia Valentukonis, CJC. 04/03 


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Norma P. Lally I2 /o3 

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Paul F. Nagle 04/04 


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Owen F. Brock 04/04 

Eugene J. Cafarelli °5/°4 

John J. McCarthy 05/04 

Joseph A. McDonough 04/04 

James F. Morrissey 03/04 

Michael Duk Young Park .03/04 

Robert B. Patterson 05/04 

Adam M. Rayman °5/°4 

Francis I. Sullivan °5/°4 

James F. Travers 08/03 


Elizabeth McCoy °3/°4 


Richard J. Coakley, SJ 05/04 


Paul F. Buchwald °3/ 01 

Teresa Carpentier, PBVM. 04/04 

Jeanette Hajjar 04/04 

James L. Lynch °4/°4 

Daniel P. O'Driscoll 08/01 

John F. Parish °3/°4 

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rectly listed as deceased in the 
Spring 2004 issue. We regret 
the error. 

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alumni achievement 


Thursday, September 30, 2004 
7 p.m., Robsham Theater 

Join us in honoring the 
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distinguished alumni 

RSVP: 617-552-4700 or 


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A report on gifts to Boston College 

Two Steps Forward 

Boston College's Computer 
Science Department steps into 
the future with the creation of 
a new professorship and un- 
dergraduate concentration in 
bioinformatics — a rapidly 
growing field that melds com- 
puter and biological sciences. 
Much of today's cutting-edge 
scientific research, including 
the Human Genome Project, 
relies upon advances in this 

A $600,000 grant from the 
Henry Luce Foundation for a 
Clare Boothe Luce Professor- 
ship supports the new posi- 

tion. The grant, which en- 
courages the advancement of 
women in the field of science, 
will enable the recruitment of 
a female faculty member in 
bioinformatics for the Luce 
Professorship. As part of its 
mandate to build a world-class 
reputation in computer sci- 
ence education and research, 
Boston College is committed 
to hiring women scientists to 
broaden the department's 
expertise and to serve as role 
models and mentors for 
female students. 

Research has shown that 

the recruitment and cultiva- 
tion of talented, high-profile 
women scientists has con- 
tributed to female student en- 
rollment in the sciences. 
Today, about half of BC's 
graduate student scientists are 
women. In the area of com- 
puter science, however, a re- 
cent national study revealed 
that only 15-20 percent of 
undergraduate computer sci- 
ence majors at leading U. S. 
colleges and universities are 
female. In the 2001-2002 aca- 
demic year, the number of 
male computer science majors 

at Boston College exceeded 
that of female majors by a 
factor of more than four. 

The new computer science 
faculty member will collabo- 
rate closely with biologists, 
chemists, and mathematicians. 
Recruitment for this position 
will begin during the 2004—05 
academic year. The Clare 
Boothe Luce Program, admin- 
istered by the Henry Luce 
Foundation, is the most signif- 
icant source of private support 
for women in science, engi- 
neering, and mathematics. 



Tee off with alumni and friends 
of Boston College at a world- 
class golf course during the 
third annual Boston College 
Wall Street Council Open. The 
event will take place on 
September 27 at the Winged 
Foot Golf Club, in Mamaroneck, 
New York — host of the 2004 
U.S. Amateur Championship in 
August and U.S. Open 
Championship in 2006. Regis- 
tration for four is $5,000. For 
more information, or to reserve 
space, contact Peggy McCorkle 
or at (617) 552-1055. 


The 12th annual Pops on the 
Heights Scholarship Gala will 
take place Friday, October i. 
Tickets, which include a 
gourmet picnic dinner and 
other refreshments, start at 
$40. For more information, go 
to or call 
(800) 767-5591- 

The 2002 Wall Street Council Open champions (from left): Geoffrey T. Boisi 
'69, University Chancellor J. Donald Monan, SJ, Patrick R. McAllister '75, 
and Mark P. Boisi '75 

parents' weekend 

Come share an exciting, event- 
filled weekend with your BC 
student on Friday, October i 
through Sunday, October 3. The 
festivities begin with a Boston 
Pops concert, followed by a 
football game on Saturday (BC 
vs. the University of 

Massachusetts), and wrap up 
with a special family liturgy 
and brunch with University 
President William P. Leahy, SJ. 
For more information, or 
to register online, go to 
or call the Parents' Weekend 
Hotline at (866) 237-1120. 


This past May, the Senior 
Class Barbeque provided sus- 
tenance to both BC students 
and their soon-to-be Alma 
Mater. The Class of 2004 ex- 
ceeded their participation and 
gift-level goals for the Senior 
Class Gift, contributing 
$29,227 and reaching 45 per- 
cent class participation. The 
final gift was even higher, as 
the goals achieved qualified 
the class for a $30,000 match 
offered by University Trustee 
Thomas F. Ryan, Jr. '63, which 
brought the total gift to 
$59,227. The Senior Class 
Gift directly supports the 
University's key priorities, in- 
cluding financial aid, faculty 
recruitment and retention, stu- 
dent formation, and research 
that expands knowledge and 
serves society. 


(continued from page 22) 

early baptismal hymn has the Christians in Galatia singing: 
"For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on 
Christ. There is no more Jew or Greek, slave or free, male 
and female, but you are all one in Christ Jesus" (Gal 3:27-28). 

And yet also in the New Testament, there is the voice of 
Paul, freighted with culture and custom and a terrible am- 
bivalence. Weighing in on whether women should wear veils 
or not, he writes, "A man ought not to cover his head, since 
he is the image and reflection of God. But the woman is not 
so, but is the reflection of man. . . . That is why a woman 
ought to have a veil on her head" (1 Cor 11:3, 7, 10). Later 
New Testament writers, at one time identified as Paul, in- 
sisted that the equality in Christ due to baptism is only spir- 
itual and should not affect the social order. "Wives be subject 
to your husbands" (Eph 5:22) and "slaves be obedient to your 
masters" (Eph 6:5), we read in the household codes. The let- 
ter to Timothy roots woman's role in the original fall: "Let 
woman learn in silence with all submissiveness. I permit no 
woman to teach or have authority over men; she is to keep 
silent. For Adam was created first, then Eve; and Adam was 
not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a 
transgressor. Yet woman will be saved through bearing chil- 
dren" (1 Tim 2:11-15). There you have it: Woman was cre- 
ated second and sinned first, and Christ's redemption doesn't 
seem to make a hill of beans of difference. 

How are we to sort this out? We can quote texts back and 
forth, patriarchal ones versus prophetic ones — but how to 
discern the essence of the good news? The Second Vatican 
Council provided us with the criterion, in its Decree on 
Revelation. Describing how the findings of science and crit- 
ical history seem at times to flat-out contradict statements 
in the Bible, the decree holds that what we need to believe 
in scripture is "that truth which God wanted put into sacred 
writings for the sake of our salvation." In other words, sal- 
vation is the norm. Outdated "biblical" science need not be 
considered the inspired word of God. Neither must legend. 
And neither must cultural traditions that today's democrat- 
ic senses find repugnant. The Church has already made this 
judgment with regard to biblical teaching on slavery and the 
right conduct of slave and master. The evil of sexism must 
be treated to the same judgment. 

In fact, the words and actions of Jesus in the gospels give 
the lie to the idea that the Church was founded as a patriar- 
chal society. Biblical scholars today point out that Jesus 
called both women and men to be disciples; that women left 
their homes and responded to Jesus' call; that he received 
from women not only financial support (they bankrolled his 
ministry: see Lk 8:1-3), but also encouragement and in- 
struction in his mission (see Mk 7:24-30); that when Jesus 
was arrested, the men deserted but it was the women who 
stayed, faithful witnesses at the cross and at the tomb; and 
that the risen Christ chose them to be the first recipients of 

the good news of the resurrection, giving them the apostolic 
mandate to "go and tell" the others, which they did, even in 
the face of ridicule. Reading the gospels with the gender 
question in mind, British writer Dorothy Sayers observed, 
"There is no act, no sermon, no parable in the whole gospel 
that borrows its pungency from female perversity; nobody 
could possibly guess from the words and deeds of Jesus that 
there was anything 'funny' about woman's nature. But we 
might easily deduce ... it from his Church to this day." 

After Jesus' death and resurrection, we know from biblical 
evidence as well as archaeological inscriptions, women func- 
tioned in the early Church as apostles, prophets, teachers, 
healers, preachers, missionaries, deacons, and leaders of 
house churches. More generally, scholars today point to 
Jesus' inclusive table fellowship, his loving words of forgive- 
ness, his criticism of oppression, and his mandate that leaders 
be servants (exemplified when he washed the feet of his disci- 
ples) — as grounds for Christ's community to bring an end to 
a system where some simply dominate others. Sic et Non? 
Interpreted with a prophetic vision, scripture nourishes hope. 

THE SAME ambiguity about women that we find in scrip- 
ture perdures throughout Christian tradition — for if 
Christianity contained from the beginning a commitment to 
woman's dignity and capacity for eternal life, a terrible bias 
plagued even the smartest and most influential of male the- 
ologians. In the third century, Tertullian taught that women 
are the second Eve: Just as Eve "softened up with her cajol- 
ing words he whom the devil himself could not attack," so 
too all women are "the devil's gateway." In the fifth century, 
Augustine allowed that women's souls were capable of being 
the image of God equally with that of men; but a woman as 
female, that is, in her sexual body, is not in the image of 
God, and can be considered such only when taken together 
with man who is her head. Eight hundred years later, 
Thomas Aquinas defined woman as a "defective male," mis- 
begotten when the male seed at conception is not up to full 
strength. And in the 16th century, Martin Luther wrote to 
the effect that women must live under the power of their 
husbands: "This punishment, too, springs from original sin. 
. . . The rule remains with the husband, and the wife is com- 
pelled to obey him by God's command. He rules the home 
and the state, wages wars, defends his possessions, tills the 
soil, builds, plants, etc. The woman, on the other hand, is 
like a nail driven into the wall. She sits at home . . . lookhng] 
after the affairs of the household, as one who has been de- 
prived of administering those affairs . . . that concern the 
state. ... In this way is Eve punished." 

Over time, women as a class internalized the images they 
were fed, and instinctively thought of themselves as less 
than worthy. But not all did. We have always had feisty 
women who refused that definition. 

In early and medieval times, some women rejected patri- 

26 SUMMER 2004 

archal marriage and formed monastic communities where 
they could pursue their relationship to God and one anoth- 
er undeterred. Some were mystics who envisioned God as 
being beyond gender and used both male and female images 
to point to this unutterable mystery. In Julian of Norwich's 
famous visions in the 14th century, she affirmed that "God 
all Wisdom is our kindly Mother; yes, as truly God is our 
Father, so truly is God our Mother." 

Catherine of Siena in the 14th century remained outside 
convent walls, becoming involved as a lay woman in Church 
reform by sheer dint of her call from God. At one point she 
wrote to Gregory XI rebuking his choice of pastors and car- 
dinals, saying that they were "stinking weeds, full of impurity 
and avarice, and bloated with pride," that the Church de- 
served pastors who would be true servants of Jesus Christ with 
care for the poor — and Catherine is a 
doctor of the Church. 

Of course, in addition to singular 
women, there have always been the 
anonymous millions of women who 
built up the Christian tradition through 
their quest for God, their prayer, their 
service, and their love, staking out small 
areas of independence within it and in- 
structing their daughters. And so, the 
ambiguity perdures. 




THERE HAS been a rapid shift in offi- 
cial Church teaching, in our own time. 
Vatican II sounded the drumbeat loud 
and clear, in general statements filled 
with implications (the whole Church is 
called to holiness; Christ is present in 
the whole assembly gathered in prayer), and in explicit teach- 
ings such as this ringing affirmation in The Church in the 
Modern World, the pastoral constitution proclaimed by Paul 
VI at the council's conclusion: "With respect to the funda- 
mental rights of the person, every type of discrimination, 
whether social or cultural, whether based on sex, race, color, 
social condition, language, or religion, is to be overcome 
and eradicated as contrary to God's intent." In other words, 
sexism is a sin. Perhaps nowhere has this been more strong- 
ly articulated than in the encyclicals of Pope John Paul II. 
Rather than repeat the old canards, he vigorously maintains 
the equality of women and men in creation and redemption. 
In his 1988 encyclical On the Dignity of Women, for example, 
he writes, "Both man and woman are human beings to an 
equal degree, both are created in God's image." And again, 
"The human being ... is a person, man and woman equally 
so, since both were created in the image and likeness of the 
personal God." This affirmation can now be found in the 
Catechism of the Catholic Church. In theory, at least, the am- 
biguity surrounding women is clearing. Not so in practice. 


The magisterium has yet to posit equality in the social 
structures of Church life, the most striking example being or- 
dination to the priesthood. In 1976, acknowledging that the 
traditional reasoning against women's ordination, namely, 
women's inferiority as human beings, is now inadequate, the 
Vatican in the document Inter Insigniores brought forth three 
new reasons why women are barred from the sacrament. First 
is the example of Jesus, who ordained only 12 men; second is 
the unbroken tradition of the Church, which never ordained 
women; and third is the iconic argument, which holds that the 
priest has to look like the male Jesus in order for the sacra- 
ment of the Eucharist to have its natural symbolic value. 
Subsequently, these reasons have been buttressed in the writ- 
ings of Pope John Paul II by a dualistic view that sees mascu- 
line nature fitted with rationality and the ability to lead in the 
public realm, and feminine nature orient- 
ed to love and toward nurturing the vul- 
nerable in the private realm. These 
reasons have been so consistently uncon- 
vincing that 20 years after Inter 
Insigniores, the Vatican issued another 
statement saying that women cannot be 
ordained, period, that this is authoritative 
teaching, and that the discussion is ended. 
It is a testament to the depth of patriar- 
chal resistance to women's equality that 
officials of the Church are less willing to 
sit down and discuss women's ordination 
in an open, collegial, and rational manner 
than they are to sit down with other 
Christian churches to discuss con- 
tentious issues about the real presence of 
Christ in the Eucharist, the divinity of 
Christ, or even the inner life of the Trinitarian God — all 
of which have been subjects of ecumenical dialogue. 

The tension between patriarchal and prophetic ideas 
about women is untenable over the long haul. Even under 
the stern watch of patriarchal resistance, new sociological 
facts have taken shape. 

Today, for instance, more than 80 percent of the ministry 
within U.S. Catholic parishes is carried out by women. 
Women provide the bulk of catechists, teachers, directors of 
religious education, charitable service workers, and volun- 
teers of all kinds. Women serve in liturgical roles as lectors, 
Eucharistic ministers, and cantors. They function as parish 
administrators where priests are unavailable and lead com- 
munion services that include preaching as part of the litur- 
gy of the word. They also serve as diocesan chancellors and 
as judges in marriage tribunals. Along with lay men, they 
increasingly head up the three great areas of Catholic con- 
tribution to American society: hospitals, schools and col- 
leges, and social service agencies. In addition, there has 
been a blossoming of women's scholarship. Women are 


active now in fields of biblical research, Church history, sys- 
tematic theology, ethics, and spirituality, teaching in semi- 
naries and bringing women's wisdom to bear on the whole 
range of Christian doctrines, symbols, ethics, and rituals. 
With their growing participation in the life of the Church 
today, many of these women have come to feel an enormous 
spiritual strain, due to exclusions that persist. Two areas in 
particular stand out. One is decision-making: Doctrinal 
teachings, laws, and ethical mandates are still handed down 
from a council of men -without the participation of women, 
even when decisions affect women most intimately, in their 
bodies. The other area of tension is the sacramental life: The 
exclusion of women from Eucharistic leadership eats at the 
heart of their liturgical experience. As the theologian 
Rosemary Radford Ruether put it, women come to the 
Eucharist hungry for the word of God and the bread of life, 
and they leave still hungry, even starving. Why? Because 
they never hear women's experience interpret the word of 
God in preaching, and they never see one like themselves 
enact the sacred ritual. The Eucharistic rite works like all 
sacraments do: It effects by signifying. When women are ex- 
cluded from presiding, it effects their subordination. The 
Eucharistic liturgy remains a symbol of the Church's reluc- 
tance to include women fullv in the mvsteries of salvation. 

Peter Steinfels, religion writer for the Neiv York Times, makes 
an astute observation. The Catholic Church in the United 
States, he writes, is currently going through two major tran- 
sitions. The first is generational, from the older folks who 
grew up in a strong cultural Catholicism with devotions and 
feasts and observances, so that Catholicism was bred in one's 
bones, to the younger generations born and brought up after 
Vatican II, when the old form of Catholicism dissolved under 
the light of reform, so that younger people now hold their 
Catholic identity more loosely, or even in a more confused 
way. The second transition involves Church leadership, with 
leadership in every aspect of Church life except liturgy pass- 
ing from clergy to laity — that is, to people who may well be 
married, with children and other commitments. These are 
seismic shifts, happening beyond anyone's control, and how 
we Catholics negotiate them will determine the future of 
the Church in this country. 

To say that these are perilous times is an understatement. 
But thanks to women claiming the authority of their bap- 
tism, and thanks to the men who stand with them, and 
thanks to the persistence of the prophetic, liberating strand 
within our tradition, there is reason for hope. The feminist 
writer Marge Piercy wrote a poem whose imagery I have 
alwavs loved: 

INTO THIS fraught situation, where the immovable object 
of patriarchy encounters the irresistible force of women's 
desire for full participation in the Church, into this situa- 
tion, like a bomb, has dropped the sex abuse scandal. We 
have experienced the dreadful revelations of moral corrup- 
tion among a small percentage of Catholic priests, and the 
failure of a greater percentage of bishops to protect the in- 
nocent from harm. This has been accompanied by a lack of 
accountability for use of the financial resources of the 
Church, large amounts being secretly paid to bury the 
knowledge of what happened. 

We now have what one writer has called "a perfect 
storm": Lay people are scandalized and outraged; good 
priests are demoralized; many bishops are profoundly com- 
promised; and an increasingly reactionary Vatican bureau- 
cracy is clueless about the seriousness of what is happening. 
The responses of competent laity in Voice of the Faithful and 
other forums and movements for reform are met in many in- 
stitutional quarters with fear and disdain, though they are in 
fact green shoots of hope. It has never been clearer that the 
Church needs a transformed structure, fully transparent and 
accountable to its members. And, as Theresa Kane, RSM, 
said in her groundbreaking address to Pope John Paul II dur- 
ing his visit to Washington, D. C, in 1979, genuine transfor- 
mation will not come about without the "full participation of 
women in the ministries of the Church." The time has never 
been more ripe for new envisioning. 

In his 2003 book on the Church entitled A People Adrift, 

. . . We must shine 

with hope, stained glass windows that shape 

light into icons, glow like lanterns 

borne before a procession. Who can bear hope 

back into the world but us . . . 

The Church is the community of redeemed sinners 
called to serve the coming of the kingdom of God into this 
world. Again and again, it has failed and become a collabo- 
rator in domination, within and without. But the power of 
the Spirit, Holy Wisdom herself at work in the community, 
empowers the Church to rise ever again. I believe we are liv- 
ing in such an ascendant season. What is new about this mo- 
ment is that, for the first time in Christian history, masses of 
women in the Church are silent and invisible no longer. We 
are coming in from the cold, envisioning the Church in a 
way beneficial to all. This, I am convinced, is the work of 
the Spirit of God. And She will not be quenched. 

Elizabeth A. Johnson, CSJ, is the Distinguished Professor of 
Theology at Fordham University and the author of 'The Church 
Women Want: Catholic Women in Dialogue (2002) and 
Truly Our Sister: A Theology of Alary in the Communion 
of Saints (2003). Her essay is adapted f-om a talk she delivered 
at Boston College on April 1 7, 2004, part of the conference 
entitled "Envisioning the Church Women Want.'''' Johnsons 
talk and other events at the conference can he viewed at 

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Last fall, BCM invited readers to commit a work of fiction in 250 words or less, 
to all who participated, thank you. The first-place (left) and runner-up entries appear below. 

More can be read at 


By Jason Reblando 

Philip ate his pork chops and balanced peas between 
the tines of his fork as the apartment radiators hissed 
and groaned. Theresa had already eaten her dinner. 
She knew Philip wouldn't feel like talking after she 
told him about the engagement. He was unhappy 
with the prospect of having a heroin user as a broth- 
er-in-law. The heavy worry Philip felt for his sister 
Melanie had been gathering for years, long before 
this ill-chosen boyfriend. The engagement was just 
one in a series of terrible decisions. 

Philip hated Melanie's pathetic rationalizations: 
being in a relationship would solve her depression; 
moving in with Vincent would bring them closer to- 
gether; getting engaged would fix the problems 
caused by moving in with him. Melanie believed 
these things would happen. But her optimism 
wronged her at every turn. 

The elevated train rumbled by and turned the ceil- 
ing fan's pull-chain into a pendulum. Philip barely 
noticed Theresa washing the dishes. He stared at the 
empty kitchen table and tried to forget Melanie's 
tearful phone calls about spot-checks for used needles 
in Vincent's jeans. He knew there would be more. He 
tried to block out the conversations where Melanie 
had told him they were throwing things at each other, 
but knew there would be more. Philip also knew that 
of all the characters in Melanie's sad, frenetic life, it 
was this feckless fiance who understood her most. 
And with that pitiful thought, he lifted the phone, 
which felt like an anvil, to congratulate his sister. 

Jason Reblando '95 is a freelance photographer 
based in Chicago. 


By Andrew Teed 

Cassidy McNault was a 2 7 -year-old aspiring actress 
living in Hollywood whose acting credits to date in- 
cluded, solely, faking orgasms. Fortunately for 
Cassidy, there was only one thing keeping her from 
stardom. Unfortunately for Cassidy, that one thing 
was talent. Sensing that her prime years were slip- 
ping by as audition after audition yielded no roles, 
she concluded that only by placing herself in the 
public eye would she be "discovered." 

In an ingenious move that belied her lack of ge- 
nius, Cassidy purchased a police scanner and moni- 
tored the whereabouts of breaking stories that 
warranted media coverage. From robberies to three- 
alarm fires to homicides, Cassidy was there, making 
herself available to local news crews on the scene. 
While Cassidy never knew the victim or perpetrator, 
she didn't let a minor detail like that prevent her 
from delivering compelling interviews as the "unsus- 
pecting neighbor" or "grief-stricken you-name-it." 
It seemed that Cassidy had finally found her acting 

She got her big break having sped to the town of 
La Jolla (pronounced "La Hoya"), where she gave a 
convincing interview as the wife of a producer who 
had just been in a car accident. Unbeknownst to 
Cassidy, the producer was Tom Smith (pronounced 
"very gay"), and he had watched the interview that 
night on the news from his hospital bed. Impressed 
by her audacity, he offered — and she accepted — a 
role in the upcoming feature Scan and Deliver. 

Andrew Teed '98 is a media analyst for a motion 
picture studio in Burbank, California. 


in re: 


The court's decision was simply just. "Deliberate speed" was simply not 


You could almost say that the Brown v. Board of Education decision was providential, an act of 
God. In 1953, a year before Brown was decided, a majority of the justices on the Supreme Court 
were prepared to reaffirm the awful doctrine oiPlessy v. Ferguson, which since 1896 had held that 
laws separating the races did not contradict the Constitution's promise of equality. The chief jus- 
tice of the Supreme Court in 1953 was Fred Vinson, a Kentucky native, and one of five justices 
who did not believe it was time to overrule Plessy and the doctrine of separate but equal. 

But on September 8, 1953, Fred Vinson died. Felix 
Frankfurter was among those on the court who had debated 
separate but equal with Vinson. Hearing of Vinson's death, 
Justice Frankfurter told his law clerk, "This is the first indi- 
cation I have had that there is a God." 

The vacancy created the opportunity for President 
Dwight Eisenhower to appoint Earl Warren as chief justice. 
A former Republican governor from California, Warren had 
been the attorney general of California responsible for pro- 
moting and overseeing the internment of more than 
100,000 Japanese-Americans in the 1940s. But Warren 
would later lead the U.S. Supreme Court toward the 
Miranda ruling, which established legal rights for arrested 
persons; and toward its decisions in Gideon v. Waimvright, 
which confirmed the right of the accused to legal represen- 
tation, and Mapp v. Ohio, which confirmed the right to have 
evidence excluded if the government breaks the law in try- 
ing to arrest a suspect or seize evidence. And, in his first year 
as chief justice, Warren wrote the Brown ruling. 

Brown raised the question: Does the segregation of 
school children solely on the basis of race deprive children 
of a minority group of equal education opportunities even if 
physical facilities and other tangible factors may be equal? 
The court's answer: We believe that it does. The court con- 
cluded that "separate but equal" led to inherently unequal 

Most people aren't aware that Brown is two cases. The 
first and unanimous ruling struck down school segregation 
on May 17, 1954, without issuing orders on how to bring 
the practice to an end. The second Brown decision, a year 
later and also unanimous, is significant because even though 
the court again decided to end segregation, it did so in a 

complicated and controversial way. The court ruled on May 
31, 1955, that the federal courts must "enter such orders and 
decrees consistent with this opinion as are necessary and 
proper to admit to public schools on a racially non-discrim- 
inatory basis with all deliberate speed the parties to these 
The legal team of Thurgood Marshall, Robert 


Carter, Oliver Hill, Constance Backer Motley, Spottswood 
Robinson, Jack Greenberg, and others, had won again, and 
they were celebrating their great victory — until a young 
African-American secretary 7 looked up the world "deliber- 
ate" in a dictionary and figured out it meant "slow." And in- 
deed, it turned out to mean not just "slow," but "cautious," 
"wary"; deliberate in the sense of "ponderous" or "awk- 
ward," as if each step in the implementation was taken in 
pain and at great cost. 

Progress toward racial equality and integration may have 
been slow; but resistance came quickly. In March 1956, 
some 19 U.S. Senators and 81 representatives signed a 
"Southern Manifesto," which they placed in the 
Congressional Record, saying they'd use every lawful means to 
resist integration. In 1957, Arkansas governor Orval Faubus 
sent the Arkansas National Guard to Little Rock Central 
High to block the entry of black children. Alabama gover- 
nor George Wallace, who took office in 1963, built his po- 
litical foundation on "segregation now, segregation 
tomorrow, segregation forever." In some places, such as 
Virginia, more than a decade would pass before the court's 

right: Standing outside a Topeka classroom in 1953 are the students 

represented in Oliver Brown et al. v. Board of Education of Topeka, Shawnee County, 

Kansas et al. From left: Vicki Henderson, Donald Henderson, Linda Brown 

(Oliver's daughter), James Emanuel, Nancy Todd, and Katherine Carper. 

Photograph by Carl Iwasaki/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images. 

30 SLWLMER 2004 

demand would be addressed. In fact, in parts of Virginia, 
and in some southern cities, including Little Rock, officials 
simply closed the public school systems. 

THE ORIGINAL strategy to end school segregation was 
the work of a brilliant lawyer named Charles Hamilton 
Houston. He was a Washington, D.C., native, an Amherst 
College graduate, a Harvard Law School graduate, and in 
1922 the first black to sit on the editorial board of the 
Harvard Lazv Review. He was also the first black to receive 
an SJD, the highest degree in the field of law. And yet he 
could not find suitable employment at a law firm anywhere 
in the country. So he went back to his father's practice in 
Washington, and to Howard University Law School, where 
he took a job as the vice dean. There he trained a generation 
of lawyers for the fight against discrimination. 

He had a simple philosophy: I'm going to train the best and 
the brightest to change this society. He liked to say a lawyer 
had only two options: To be a social engineer or a parasite; 
there's no middle ground. And indeed, he trained engineers. 

Thurgood Marshall was one of them. He argued 32 cases 
before the Supreme Court, an all-white, all-male court in 
the 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. He won 29. Robert 
Carter, the general counsel for the NAACP, argued 22 cases 
before the Supreme Court and won 21. The only case he 
lost involved an African-American charged with homicide. 
Carter was convinced his client was innocent, but the client 
was executed, and Carter swore to never again handle a 
criminal case. 

Leading up to Brown, a group of lawyers, following 
Houston's strategy, filed lawsuits in five different states. 
They didn't want the court to easily evade the challenge of 
facing up to segregation. So they filed in South Carolina, 
but they also filed in Topeka, Kansas. They filed in Virginia, 
but also in Wilmington, Delaware, and in the District of 
Columbia. Their goal was to make the evidence of segrega- 
tion so overwhelming that the court could not ignore its im- 
pact on the lives of black children. 

I am one who would not be here, who could not be here, 
who could not imagine being a college graduate, a law school 
graduate, or a law professor but for the sacrifices of those 
great lawyers. I stand on their broad shoulders. My own par- 
ents did not finish high school — my father went to fourth 
grade, my mother went to 10th grade. My grandparents had 
no formal education. They all grew up in the South with no 
right to vote, no right to dine in restaurants, no right to stay 
in hotels. They lived in an America just 50 years ago that is 
radically different from the America I live in today. 

That's not to imply that segregation was a southern prob- 
lem. It was and is a national problem. That came home to me 
when my wife and I left California after we graduated in 
1975 from Stanford, and I came to train at Harvard Law 
School. As we arrived here, I was driving up Interstate 93 and 

my wife was telling me "follow directions" and I was saying, 
"I know where I'm going." I knew exactly where I was going: 
I was going to Cambridge. Well, I got lost. I called the land- 
lord and told him, "I know I'm near, but I don't know how 
to get to Cambridge." He said, well, describe where you are. 
What do you see? I said, "Well, I see Paddy's Liquors, I see 
O'Reilly's Restaurant, I see . . ." He said, "Get back in the 
car!" We had arrived in South Boston. Here we were in 
1975, 21 years after Brown, in Boston, once the stronghold of 
abolitionists, the place where Crispus Attucks was the first to 
take a bullet in the Revolutionary War, a city in the North. 
But now it was a city wrenched by the idea of integration, 
where black children were being taunted in their school 
buses, were being denied the opportunity to get the quality 
education promised in 1954 — two decades before. It was 
clear to me that we still faced the problems created by the 
decision to move with "all deliberate speed." 

Thurgood Marshall once said that we have to find ways 
for "all of our children" to succeed. As a Supreme Court jus- 
tice himself, Marshall dissented in the Milliken v. Bradley 
case in 1974, a ruling that denied an effort to balance edu- 
cational opportunities for black and white children in 
Detroit by requiring equal funding among school districts. 
He said then, "We deal here with the right of our children, 
all of our children, whatever their race, to an equal start in 
life and to an equal opportunity to reach their full potential 
as citizens. Those children who have been denied that right 
in the past deserve better than to see fences thrown up to 
deny them that right in the future. Unless our children 
begin to learn together, there is little hope that our people 
will ever learn to live together." 

Those were his prophetic words in 1974. And as we look 
at America today, as we look at Boston or Chicago or New 
York or Detroit or Los Angeles or Houston or Philadelphia 
or Washington, D.C., we see more segregation in our pub- 
lic schools in the year 2004 than we saw in 1954. The chal- 
lenge before us is to fight efforts to resegregate America. 
That means rejecting once and for all the idea of desegrega- 
tion through "all deliberate speed" and instead embracing 
our country's creed, that we're all part of one nation, under 
God, indivisible, and that we believe in liberty and justice 
for all. If we do that, we will achieve the great goal of Brown: 
equal and quality education for all our children. 

Professor Charles']. Ogletree, Jr., is the Jesse Clhnenko Professor 
at Harvard Law School and author of All Deliberate Speed: 
Reflections on the First Half Century of Brown v. Board of 
Education (2004). His essay was adapted from a talk given at a 
Boston College forum on Brown v. Board sponsored by the Office 
of the President at the Robsham Theater on May 14, 2004. The 
proceedings can be viewed in full at Boston College Front Row, The book is available at a discount from 
the BC Bookstore via 

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Above: kindergartners at the Cage School in Washington, D.C., 1952 — Wiley is in the second row, third from 
left. Inset: Wiley, left, with her father, Carlisle E. Pratt, and sister, Sharon. Photos courtesy Benaree P. Wiley. 


Like most people who grew up in the civil rights era, it's really diffi- 
cult for me to separate my personal story from the Brown decision. 
I grew up in Washington, D.C., which during that time was a segre- 
gated community. Not only were our school systems segregated, so 
were our hospitals, our restaurants, our movie theaters. There were 
many department stores that we couldn't shop in, and we certainly 
couldn't play in the local amusement park. 

One of my most vivid childhood memories is of May 17, 1954. I 
had just turned eight years old, four days before. I was home with the 
mumps, a childhood disease that no longer exists. My dad came 
home with a cold bottle of champagne. He poured a glass for my sis- 
ter, who was 10, and he poured one for me. He told us he wanted us 
to raise our glasses, that he wanted to toast us — because as of today, 
he said, the world was ours, and we could be anything that we de- 
cided we wanted to be. And then he sat down and explained to us the 
Supreme Court decision that had been rendered earlier in the day. 

My sister and I are among those who have been the beneficiaries 
of the Brown decision. She — Sharon Pratt — went on to become 
mayor of Washington, D.C., in 1991. I came to Boston in 1970, two 
years after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., as part of the 
first real wave of African-American students to attend Harvard 
Business School. 

Now, 50 years later, 
I find myself running 
an organization here in 
Boston, the Partnership, 
rooted in the racial strife 
that resulted from the 

Brown decision. Although there has been a 31 percent growth in the 
number of African-Americans living and working in Boston through 
the decade of the 1990s, there has also been a slight decline in 
African-Americans holding executive and managerial positions. We 
work with businesses and organizations to help them more 
effectively advance talent from within communities of color in our 
city; and we help the heirs of the Brown decision to develop and be- 
come leaders. 

I still have, I guess, a lot of my dad's hope and excitement and 

Benaree P. Wiley 

Benaree P. Wiley is president and CEO of the Partnership, Inc., and a 
member of the Board of Trustees of Boston College. Her observations are 
drawn from remarks she delivered at the May 14 forum "Brown v. Board: 
1954-2004." The event may be viewed in full at 




On June 29, 2004, the word "Brighton" joined "Lower, Middle, Upper" and "Newton" as an 
adjective that can be applied to a segment of Boston College's properties in Newton and 
Boston. On that day, Boston College completed its acquisition of 43 acres and five buildings 
from the Archdiocese of Boston for $99.4 million. It was the largest single land acquisition in 
University history after the 52.7-acre Lower Campus, which BC bought when it was a sur- 
plus state reservoir in 1949 for the bargain price of $10,000 (see "Landed," page 39). 

While ideas for, and rumors about, Boston College's plans for its new campus have spiced 
University and neighborhood conversations for months (see "Around the Water Cooler," 
page 11), BC will not make any plans for use of the new campus until it completes a major 
study of the property and the ways it which it can be integrated with the Chestnut Hill Cam- 
pus. This review will begin shortly and could take a year to complete. Boston College will 
then submit a use plan to the City of Boston, with occupancy permits conditional on the city's 
approval. In the interim, the buildings may be used periodically for special meetings, and the 
fields will be used as they have been for some time, by joggers, dog-walkers, and Boston Col- 
lege athletic teams, and by loud and vigorous children who pour 

New Brighton property (fore- thrQugh ^ f ences and ontQ the grass Q f the Brighton Campus's playing 

ground, bright green), with the D D ° r r J ° 

chestnut Hiii campus beyond fields during lunch and recess at the neighboring Edison Middle School. 


Cardinal's residence and surroundings 

Including 19,800 square feet on three floors, with some 40 rooms, 2121 Commonwealth 
Avenue contains offices, meeting rooms, and residential and guest rooms. It was built by 
Cardinal William O'Connell (Class of 1881), who moved into this Italian Renaissance- 
style structure in 1927 and is buried in a chapel that he had constructed on a nearby hill. 


36 SUMMER 2004 

A lawn behind the former residence stretches down toward St. John's Seminary. 

The agreement also includes purchase of the 13.5-acre 
seminary property (which begins at the road) if the 
facility is offered for sale within 10 years. 

O'Connell's tomb. His remains are to be moved to another site. 




St. Clement's Hall and 

Built in 1940 to house a junior seminary, St. 
Clement's includes some 185 rooms on four floors, 
covering 94,000 square feet. Since 1991, Boston 
College has leased portions of the building for of- 
fice space. Nearly four acres of overgrown mead- 
ows on the east side of Foster Street are included 
in the purchase. 

One of two large athletic fields on the north edge of the property 

An abutting home, off Foster Street 

38 SUMMER 2004 

A two-level parking and storage facility beside the road to St. Clement's 


The big deals that made 
Boston College possible 

South End Campus 

On August 17, 1857, John McEl- 
roy, SJ, purchased a 65,100- 
square-foot parcel of land on 
Harrison Avenue between Con- 
cord and Newton streets in 
Boston's South End. The land 

belonged to the city, and McEl- 
roy paid $32,550. At 1.5 acres, 
the property was just large 
enough to house McElroy's 
planned two-building college 
and a church, and, importantly, 
was connected to Boston's 
neighborhoods by horse-drawn 
trolley. Boston College opened 
for business six years later, with 
22 students and three faculty. 

Chestnut Hill Campus 

In 1907, President Thomas Gas- 
son, SJ, announced to alumni 

A view toward the gymnasium 

that Boston College was leaving 
the South End and heading to 
suburban Chestnut Hill, where 
he had purchased (for 
$187,500) a 31-acre farm on the 
heights overlooking twin reser- 
voirs. The Recitation Building 
(later named Casson Hall) was 
completed in 1913, and other 
buildings followed. By 1925, 
Boston College's student body 
topped 1,000. By the 1940s, BC 
had founded schools of busi- 
ness, law, graduate arts and sci- 
ences, and nursing. 

(continued on following page) 


Lower Campus 

In 1948, the Lawrence Basin, 
the upper of the two Boston 

reservoirs below the campus, 
was declared inactive. BC paid 
$10,000 for the 52.7 acres, 
with the cost of filling in the 
basin estimated at $750,000. 
The last of the water disap- 
peared in 1969, much of it 
having been replaced with ma- 
terials excavated to make way 
for Route 128. Alumni $tadium 
was in place by 1957, and over 
the next 45 years, BC built a 
village to house undergraduate 
students, with the latest addi- 
tion — the St. Ignatius Gate 
Residence Hall — scheduled to 
open in August 2004. 

Newton Campus 

In 1974, Boston College ac- 
quired the 40-acre, i5-building 
campus of Newton College of 
the Sacred Heart, a highly re- 
garded women's institution 

that, like many single-sex col- 
leges, had experienced declines 
in applications and revenues. 
BC assumed Newton College's 
liabilities of approximately $5 
million, hired Newton College 
faculty, and undertook respon- 
sibility for supporting alumnae 
activities. The Law School, 
which had occupied More Hall, 
moved to Newton, and the 
Newton College residence halls 
became home to Boston Col- 
lege freshmen. 

St. William's Hall 
and surroundings 

Built to house the junior 
seminary after a 1936 fire 
destroyed the previous build- 
ing on the site, St. William's 
contains some 80 offices, 
meeting rooms, classrooms, 
dormitory rooms, and a 
chapel, occupying 40,650 
square feet on four floors. 
Most recently, the building 
was used as a retreat center 
and a training site for lay 

The 15,600-square-foot gym- 
nasium was built in 1937 for 
the use of seminarians and 
includes a basketball court 
and squash courts. 

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In 1880, five years after the Archdiocese of Boston was de- 
clared independent from the New York Province, Archbish- 
op John J. Williams (1822-1907) bought the 26-acre 
Stanwood estate in Brighton for $18,500. There, upon its 
rolling orchards and meadows, he built St. John's Seminary. 
Sulpician priests from France and Maryland, dedicated to 
clerical formation, were brought in to teach the school's first 
class of 32 aspirants, who entered seminary on September 
22, 1884. A year later the archdiocese purchased an adjoin- 
ing 1 8-acre estate for the construction of a junior seminary 
that would enroll high school-age students. Williams's suc- 
cessor, Cardinal William H. O'Connell (1857-1944), had 
grander ambitions for the Brighton campus. The BC gradu- 
ate (1881) dreamed of turning the pastoral landscape into a 

"Little Rome," where on "every hilltop now for miles 
around gleams the sacred sign of our redemption." In 1909, 
O'Connell began purchasing land adjacent to St. John's 
Seminary and encouraged other Catholic institutions to 
build nearby: Boston College, St. Elizabeth's Hospital, St. 
Gabriel's Monastery, and the Religious of the Cenacle. By 
the mid-1920s, with the aid of a bequest from a vaudeville 
magnate, O'Connell was able to relocate himself and the 
archdiocese to the residence and chancery building. On a 
hill behind the residence he constructed a "shrine of the Im- 
maculate Conception, which he has destined to be his mau- 
soleum," according to an official history of the Archdiocese 
published in February 1944. O'Connell was interred in the 
shrine shortly afterward, on April 28, 1944. 

Paul Voosen 

A view toward Greycliff Road 




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As with Catholicism now, other churches and faith communities have faced times 
that severely challenged institutions, leaders, and believers. Boston College Magazine 
recently asked three individuals who have been active in responding to the current 
crisis in the Church to write about a person of another faith whose engagement with 
a critical religious crisis offers a useful model of response for Catholics today. 


Abraham Joshua Heschel 


During the last two years, a time of crisis for the Catholic 
Church, a book research project has engaged my energies. 
The manuscript — on interreligious relations — derives its 
title from words of the late Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel. 
It is called Searching in the Wilderness. ("What then is the 
purpose of interreligious cooperation?" asked Heschel. It is 
"to search in the wilderness for the wellsprings of devo- 
tion.") Heschel's thought features prominently in my work, 
and he is for me a great guide in the current wilderness. 

To the extent that I need consolation, it is for a heart sick 
over Catholicism's spiritual and theological richness being 
eclipsed — and its efficacy questioned — by identification 
with the malfeasant and triumphal actions of Church offi- 
cials. What is breathtaking about the crisis, beyond even the 
sexual predation of children and teenagers by priests, is that 
virtually no bishop honored himself by acting with justice 
and compassion. 

My consolation rests in the distinction that many before 
me have drawn between religion and spirituality. This dif- 
ferentiation, between religious community and a personal 

spiritual path, was a rich and generative theme in the life 
and work of Rabbi Heschel. 

Abraham Joshua Heschel was born in Poland in 1907, 
scion of a line of great Hasidic rabbis. He studied Jewish 
wisdom in Vilna and secular thought in Berlin. For a time 
he succeeded the philosopher Martin Buber as the leader of 
Jewish education in Frankfurt. With the advent of Nazism, 
he made his way to England in 1939, and in 1940 he came 
to the United States. Most of his remaining years, until 
his death in 1972, were spent teaching at the Jewish 
Theological Seminary in New r York City. 

During those years, Heschel's became the principle voice 
calling Jews, and an ever-widening circle of Christians, to a 
joyful, loving, and morally challenging spirituality, one 
founded on an awe-filled response to what he called the 
"Divine pathos," the Holy One's incalculable love for all 
creation. His philosophical writings defended human digni- 
ty and freedom in the face of contemporary materialism. 
And his professions of moral responsibility, most famously 
in his epic two-volume study, The Prophets (1936), but also 
in his many public speeches and protests, were a profound 
call to tikkun ola?n, to "heal the world." He himself an- 
swered by becoming a leader in the civil rights and anti- 
Vietnam War movements of the 1960s and 1970s. Heschel's 
was a uniquely effective voice calling for reverence among 
people in differing religious community, insisting that "God 
is either the Father of all men or of no men." 

42 SUMMER 2004 

Heschel: "God is either the Father of all men or of no men." 

HESCHEL DISTINGUISHED between religion and spir- 
ituality by referring to theology and what he called "depth 
theology." "The theme of theology," he wrote, "is the con- 
tent of believing. The theme of depth theology is the act of 
believing." He elaborated: "Theology is like sculpture; depth 
theology like music. Theology is in books; depth theology is 
in hearts. The former is doctrine, the latter is events." 

The distinctions are useful, but imperfect. For it is from 
the music of Heschel's heart that we receive such bracing 
and timely words as these: "Religion is for God's sake. The 
human side of religion, its creeds, rituals, and instructions, 
is a way rather than a goal." And the goal, according to 
Heschel, quoting the prophet Micha, is "to do justice, to 
love mercy, and to walk humbly with God." 

"Religion for religion's sake," when the human side be- 
comes the object, "is idolatry," said Heschel. Real spiritual 
practice means searching in the wilderness. And Rabbi 
Heschel insisted that we are required to search together, 
rooted in our communities of primary religious affiliation, 

but sustaining one another with "the courage to believe that 
the word of God endures forever as well as here and now; to 
cooperate in trying to bring about a resurrection of sensitiv- 
ity, a revival of conscience; to keep alive the divine spark in 
our souls; to nurture openness to the spirit of the Psalms, 
reverence for the words of the Prophets, and faidifulness to 
the will of God." 

THIS WILDERNESS into which we Catholics have been 
brought by our leaders is removed from the conciliar reform 
and renewal of the Church and from the vision of Pope John 
XXIII. We have been led away from an ecclesiology that 
speaks of the people of God and back to autocracy; away 
from an inclusive vision of revelation inspired by the yearn- 
ings of our own times (what the Second Vatican Council 
called the "signs of the times") and toward a kind of funda- 
mentalism, in a Church that has no place for certain others: 
for the divorced; for those who in conscience do not share 
confidence in official teaching on sexual and reproductive 
ethics; for women who seek roles of leadership in service; 
for persons who are gay and lesbian. 

This wilderness in which we now dwell, fairness and ac- 
curacy requires it be said, we have entered in part by our 
own complicity. As the author James Carroll (Constantines 
Sword: The Church and the Jews, A History) and others have 
pointed out, whenever we the people have remained silent 
and pliant, we have built up this sculpture, this idol. Further, 
the Catholic Church, even in crisis, is by no means all 
wilderness. Many Catholics of courage and priests of in- 
tegrity simply function as if listening to different music, 
with joy and reverence, with gratitude and compassion, 
praising the Holy One and serving their neighbor. 

We Catholics will escape this wilderness by refusing to 
live as if the "boring administration" of the Church, as Karl 
Rahner, SJ, put it 30 years ago, were the whole of 
Catholicism. We will escape by becoming ever more filled 
with prayer that deepens our hunger for justice and com- 
passion and also enables us to be in conflict but remain in 
charity. Above all, we will escape by becoming accustomed 
to asking of each new ecclesiastical assertion, as the writer 
Andrew Sullivan has suggested, "Is it True?" 

But for as long as we remain in terrain that is chiefly 
wilderness, we can hear few words more consoling than 
those of Rabbi Heschel: "God is greater than religion . . . 
faith is greater than doctrine." 

Padraic CHare is a professor of religious studies and the director 
of the Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian Relations at 
Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts. To learn 
more of Heschel s views, he recommends God in Search of Man: 
A Philosophy of Judaism (1955), The Insecurity of Freedom: 
Essays on Human Existence (1966), and Moral Grandeur 
and Spiritual Audacity: Essays (Susannah Heschel, ed., 1996). 



Jonathan Edwards 


Jonathan Edwards, acclaimed by many today as America's 
greatest theologian, entered what would become Yale College 
in 1716, at the age of 13, a Puritan, his heritage animated by 
religious fervor and domestic 
intimacy, frontier hardship 
and intellectual ferment, the 
discernment of spirits and the 
acute awareness of mortality. 
At Yale, Edwards immersed 
himself in the writings of 
such enlightened pioneers of 
the new scientific and philo- 
sophical age as Isaac Newton 
and John Locke. It would be- 
come Edwards's lifelong ad- 
venture to forge a synthesis 
between the new natural phi- 
losophy and biblical revela- 
tion as mediated by his 
Calvinist tradition. His abid- 
ing achievement was to reject 
neither, but to see that each, 
in different ways, conveys in- 
timations of God's sovereign 
presence. In the words of bi- 
ographer George Marsden, 
Edwards became "simultane- 
ously a strict conservative and 
an innovator." 

For some intellectuals at 
the time, Enlightenment 
thought spelled an absent 
deity, one who had set the 
universe in motion and left it 
to its own devices. But 
Edwards claimed that the 
Triune God of Christian 
tradition freely creates and Edwards: True religion entails "fervent 
continuously sustains his 

handiwork, that the universe shines forth as an "explosion of 
God's Glory," enrapturing anyone with eyes to see. More 
than a century later, a like perception inspired the Jesuit priest 
and poet Gerard Manley Hopkins to exclaim: "The world is 
charged with the grandeur of God!" 

Learning to perceive God's glory ever more clearly, said 
Edwards, was each believer's calling; the minister's pastoral 

responsibility was to promote this gracious perception. 
Such seeing concerned neither the mind alone nor only the 
heart, but both. Edwards would not settle for the 
"either/or" of a stolid rationalism or an effervescent 
pietism. His spiritual integrity required, in Cardinal John 
Henry Newman's terms, "notional apprehension" and "real 
apprehension," both cognitive understanding and personal 
appropriation. Edwards's pastoral labors to foster real ap- 
prehension sparked that spiritual explosion with which he is 
forever associated: the Great Awakening. 

In his most famous work, 
A Treatise Concerning 
Religious Affections (1746), 
Edwards defends the validi- 
ty of the revival he launched 
to its rationalist detractors. 
True religion, he says, en- 
tails "fervent exercises of 
the heart." The Scriptures 
"do everywhere place reli- 
gion very much in the affec- 
tions," and in particular, in 
the experiences of love and 
joy. Tellingly, Edwards pref- 
aced his treatise with a quo- 
tation from the First Letter 
of Peter: "Though you have 
not seen Christ, you love 
him; and even though you 
do not see him now, you be- 
lieve in him and rejoice with 
an indescribable and glori- 
ous joy" (1 Pet 1:8). 

Here is the heart of 
Edwards's vision. The beau- 
ty of God shines out from 
Jesus Christ. God's glory is 
most manifest in Christ's 
redemptive and restorative 
love. From this Christie 
center, the whole creation 
receives orientation and 
purpose. The universe 
shows itself to be not a 
chance congeries of atoms 
in motion but a theater for 
the emergence of spiritual persons in life-enriching relation 
with one another. 

In the accents of his time, Edwards echoes the founding 
narratives of Genesis and John: "In the beginning was the 
Word. . . . and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us 
and we have seen his glory." And it is the perennial pastoral- 
theological task to re-echo this same Good News ever and 

exercises of the heart." 

44 SUMMER 2004 

again, in a way both faithfully conservative and creatively 
innovative. For the pastoral mission is, in every generation, 
to wed hearts and minds to Jesus Christ, "in a pure disin- 
terested love to Christ and desire of his glory." 

I remembered Edwards as I read the homily that Sean 
O'Malley, OFM Cap, preached at his installation as arch- 
bishop of Boston. Amid phrases poignant and repentant, 
joyful and trusting, appeared this striking affirmation: 
"Despite the sins and the failing of priests and bishops and 
the crimes of Catholics over 2,000 years, Christ is with his 
Church. Christ is the bridegroom, not the widower." When 
the last clergy abuse lawsuit is finally settled and preventive 
policies are firmly in place, when needed structural changes 

in parish and diocesan pastoral bodies are implemented and 
real consultation among laity, clergy, and bishops becomes 
a matter of course, the Catholic Church will only have ar- 
rived at the threshold of awakening and renewal. As 
Jonathan Edwards knew and taught, when the Bridegroom 
asks the decisive question, "Do you love me?" the answer 
cannot be mouthed by a surrogate. At the moment of crisis 
and choice, we each stand personally accountable. 

Fr. Robert P. Imbelli is an associate professor of theology at 
Boston College. For more on Edwards, he recommends George M. 
Marsden s Jonathan Edwards: A Life (2003) and A Jonathan 
Edwards Reader (John E. Smith, et al., ed., 1995). 

FIRST things: 

Ida Wells-Barnett 


Ida B. Wells-Barnett — daughter of slaves, anti-lynching 
activist, suffragist, integrationist — was extremely clear about 
what was essential and what could be compromised or 

A chapter in her autobiography describes her work with 
suffragist Susan B. Anthony. On most issues the two women 
agreed about both goals and tactics. But at one point, 
Anthony explained to Wells-Barnett why she had not invited 
Frederick Douglass to address the Equal Suffrage 
Association in Atlanta, and why she did not support the foun- 
dation of a colored branch of the association: that she "did 
not want anything to get in the way of bringing southern 
white women into our suffrage association." Anthony asked 
Wells-Barnett if she was wrong. "I answered uncompromis- 
ingly yes, for I felt that although she may have made gains for 
suffrage, she had also confirmed white women in their atti- 
tude of segregation," wrote Wells-Barnett. Though Wells- 
Barnett continued to value her relationship with Anthony, 
she remained firm that the fight against racism — and lynch- 
ing and segregation foremost — could not be compromised. 

Reflecting on Wells-Barnett's life, on the controversies 
that seemed to stir around her, on the exclusion and failure 
she met often with her tireless courage, has helped me to 
put into perspective the challenges that Catholics — particu- 
larly Catholic women — confront in our times. Like Wells- 
Barnett, we face myriad injustices in our Church, our 
country, and the world. Like Wells-Barnett, we need to dis- 

Joumalist Ida Wells-Barnett in 1893 


cern which challenges are most important and which must 
wait, knowing that the work we begin will not likely be fin- 
ished in our lifetime. 

Ida B. Wells was born in Mississippi in 1862, of slave par- 
ents who ensured that she was well educated for the times 
and that she developed a firm faith anchored in the 
Methodist Church. At age 16, she lost her parents to yellow 
fever and took responsibility for her five younger siblings, 
supporting the family by teaching at a school six miles from 
home. She moved to Tennessee and continued teaching, in 
Memphis and nearby, until she was fired for bringing anti- 
segregation litigation against the local railroad (more than a 
decade before Plessy v. Ferguson reached the U.S. Supreme 
Court). In 1889, she became a full-time journalist and edi- 
tor of the Memphis Free Speech and Headlight, then the city's 
leading African-American newspaper. 

The brutal 1892 lynching of three respected members of 
Memphis's African-American community, acquaintances of 
Wells, shaped her life. She became a relentless anti-lynching 
crusader, first in print and then through public speaking, in 
this country and in the drawing rooms and lecture halls of 
Great Britain. She took risks: Against the argument that 
lynching was an understandable response to the rape of 

belonging at various times to Methodist, Presbyterian, and 
community congregations. The churches to which she be- 
longed were segregated; this bothered her greatly, and she 
sometimes protested. But the failures of churches neither di- 
verted her energies nor weakened her commitment to God 
or to Christian discipleship in the world. Catholics, especial- 
ly Catholic women, might heed that example. 

Second, Wells-Barnett worked for the long term. She 
lived through slavery, Reconstruction, and the Jim Crow 
era. She died before lynching had been abolished, or in- 
tegration begun, or equal participation by African- 
Americans in the economy and governance of our country 
could be achieved. Despite personal disappointments and 
setbacks to the cause of equal respect for all men and 
women, she did not lose faith in the worth of the goal or 
in its possibility. 

I have been angered, as have many, by the clergy abuse 
scandal, by the institutional Church's continuing insensitiv- 
ity to women, by the hierarchy's obsession with liturgical 
rubrics and its preoccupation with imposing its own norms 
of sexuality, marriage, and reproduction on a pluralistic 
democracy. Sometimes my anger at the Church distracts me 
from what I know is my own call to mission, God's invita- 


white women by black men, she documented that rape was 
often not the issue at all, and that white women were not 
immune to sexual attraction to black men. 

At age 33, Wells married activist lawyer Ferdinand 
Barnett. They had four children, and Wells-Barnett (as she 
became known) balanced caring for the family with contin- 
ued activism and a job, working as a probation officer in 
Chicago. She devoted considerable time to a variety of 
Negro organizations. She founded the Ida B. Wells Club for 
Negro women and the more activist Negro Fellowship 
League in Chicago; she helped found the NAACP, though 
her relationship with that organization as it developed was 
often stormy. During the last decade of her life — she died in 
1931 — she found herself pushed to the sidelines by the 
emerging Negro leadership, having alienated many people 
with her confrontational style and her difficult personality. 

TWO TRAITS make Ida Wells-Barnett a hero to me. First, 
her deep faith motivated her total dedication to what she had 
discerned as her unique mission. She was active in church ac- 
tivities throughout her life and was a regular teacher of 
Sunday school classes. She was flexible about denomination, 

tion to work for peace and justice on this earth. I know that 
reform of the Church is important. A vibrant, inclusive, 
evangelizing Church serves God's kingdom and is worth the 
investment of time and passion. But at times, we as disciples 
must choose: We can work for the ordination of women, or 
agitate against war, or work for the alleviation of poverty af- 
flicting a billion people. 

In the long run, we know that the Spirit is with the 
Church and with the world. In the short term, the path is 
not always clear. Faithful disciples may take heart from and 
choose to follow the example of Ida B. Wells-Barnett: to be 
about the mission, to tolerate or work around the failings of 
the Church, to risk disapproval and exclusion, and to keep 
our eyes on the long term. 

Mary Jo Bane is a professor of public policy and vianagement at 
Harvard University s Kennedy School of Government. Forvwreon 
the life ofWells-Bamett, she recommends Linda 0. McMuny'sTb 
Keep the Waters Troubled: The Life of Ida B. Wells (1998); 
Crusade for Justice: The Autobiography of Ida B. Wells {edit- 
ed by Alfi-eda M. Duster, 1970); and Patiicia A. Schechters Ida B. 
Wells-Barnett and American Reform 1880-1930 (2001). 

46 SUMMER 2004 

Old-time religion 



The Catholic Church today is a predominantly Third 
World church, even within the United States. Indeed, by 
the end of the decade, a majority of Catholics in this coun- 
try will be Spanish speaking. As U. S. Catholics go through 
a period now of disillusionment with their church over re- 
cent clerical scandals, they may draw hope from communi- 
ties within the larger Catholic world that remain vital, 
growing, and energetic. 

Almost half of the world's Catholics today live in Latin 
America. In fact, counting the U. S. Latino community, fully 
50 percent of the world's Catholics are Latino. Overall, 
about two-thirds of Latinos are Catholic. Of course, within 
the United States the term "Latino" is artificial; there are 
Cuban-Americans, Mexican-Americans, Puerto Ricans, 
Hondurans, and so on. Nevertheless they all share charac- 
teristics beyond their common language — traits with the 
potential to influence U.S. Catholicism's future. The two 
most significant of these are the broad experience of mesti- 
zaje or mulataje, racial and cultural mixing; and a tradition of 
popular Catholicism — a spirituality celebrated with a 
panoply of religious rituals that lie close to the heart of 
Latino culture. 

To understand popular Catholicism one must first un- 
derstand how the history of the Catholic faith in Latin 
America is distinct from its history in the United States. To 
begin with, the religion that came to Latin America with 
Christopher Columbus 500 years ago was not Roman 
Catholicism; prior to the Protestant Reformation, it was 
simply Christianity. The worldview was distinctly medieval: 
To be a Christian was not only to hold certain beliefs, but 
also to have one's identity defined by certain practices — by 
devotions, by processions, by pilgrimages. Faith absorbed 
the body and the mind. 

With the Protestant Reformation in the 16th century, 
and particularly with the Council of Trent in 1545-63, con- 
fession, or creed, increasingly carried the weight of religious 
identity. The Catholicism that arrived with the English in 

Maryland in 1634 was post-Reformation, affected by the 
threat of Protestantism and by the need to define itself in re- 
lation to the reformers. 

The Reformation never had the same influence in Spain 
that it had in northern Europe. Nor would its impact be 
felt in Latin America for generations, until at least the 19th 

IN LATIN AMERICA, and among U.S. Latinos, 
Catholicism is grounded from early childhood in ritual and 
custom and stories retold. Religious identity is not necessar- 
ily limited to creed. Indeed, many Latinos are what is called 
pluri-confessional. They participate in more than one 
church and even in more than one religion, simultaneous- 
ly — behavior incomprehensible to most North Americans. 
They may attend a Catholic Mass on Sunday and a Baptist 
Bible study or perhaps even an African ritual on Wednesday. 
They often cross and recross confessional boundaries to a 
degree that confounds social scientists and undermines the 
surveys that portend massive Latino conversions to 
Protestantism and Evangelicalism. 

What's more, Latino popular Catholicism is home- 
grown, reflecting the cultural and religious variety of Latin 
America — Catholic, Evangelical, Yoruba, Aztec, indigenous. 
The famous devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe is an ex- 
ample. The lady made her presence known on Mount 
Tepeyac, the mountain associated with the mother goddess 
of the Nahuas, the Aztec group to which the witness Juan 
Diego belonged. She embodies both Christian and Aztec 

For the most part, Latino rituals are preserved and led by 
the laity, especially lay women. The center of religious life 
is the home, where one often finds private shrines, or "home 
altars." In effect, Latino Catholicism embodies the ongoing 
influence of a "domestic church." Often a grandmother be- 
comes the religious leader of the home and of the commu- 
nity. There is a practical reason for this: Latin Americans 


have for generations suffered a shortage of native priests. 
Even today, on a continent that is two-thirds Catholic, the 
majority of Latin American priests are foreign born. 

Latino popular Catholicism is not an alternative to the 
institutional Church or the sacramental life. Indeed, its 
practices and symbolism depend on the formal faith. 
Nonetheless, Latino Catholicism poses a major challenge to 
the U. S. Catholic Church in how to value and how to inte- 
grate popular lay practices into the life of the parish and the 
sacramental Church. 

Among U.S. Catholics, there is ingrained resistance. 
Rituals like the Good Friday procession, where the commu- 
nity reenacts Jesus' Passion and accompanies him to 
Calvary, look an awful lot like the Italian, German, and 

a Spanish Mass or reaching out in some other way to 
Latinos, he seemed befuddled. He truly believed there was 
no Latino presence within the parish boundaries, until I 
brought the census statistics to him and said, "Look, they're 
here. They're just not coming to church, and they're not 
registered in the parish" — the idea of registering in a parish 
is new to most Latinos. 

THERE'S A SENSE among Latinos that the Masses and 
liturgies in most U.S. parishes are cold, internalized affairs. 
(It's why many start attending Pentecostal and Evangelical 
churches.) Among the contributions that Latino Catholics 
can make to the U.S. Church of the 21st century is to re- 
store and keep alive the role of religious practices, of phys- 


Polish celebrations of Catholicism that immigrant grand- 
parents and great-grandparents of today's Catholics prac- 
ticed publicly and at home. Their popular religion was 
derided in the predominantly Protestant culture, which in- 
terpreted such devotions as reflecting an immature or infan- 
tile faith. To assimilate, European Catholics had to let go of 
those customs. 

WHEN GERMAN Catholics came to this country, they 
brought their priests with them and set up German 
Catholic parishes. They had a place they could go to pray 
in their language, to participate in their religious practices, 
to teach their children their cultural heritage; and a base 
from which they could move out into society fortified by 
the bonds of community. Because of the priest shortage in 
Latin America, that is not the case with Latino Catholics. 
For the most part, Latino Catholics come into this country 
and into existing parishes to fend for themselves. 
Nourished by traditions rooted in the home, many Latinos 
become invisible to an institutional Church rooted in the 
parish structure. 

About 10 years ago, I lived in Chicago in a neighborhood 
that was roughly 40 percent Latino. The pastor of the local 
parish was an Irish priest, a wonderful man, a deeply spiri- 
tual man, but completely unaware that he was surrounded 
by hundreds of Latino Catholics to whom he was offering 
little. When I asked him if he would think about providing 

ical expressions of faith, as a way of conforming to Jesus 
Christ. We don't become Catholic simply through the 
head, any more than we can hope to pass the faith on to the 
next generation individually and intellectually. It's impor- 
tant that we eat together, that we pray together, that we 
walk publicly together. And if the physical dimensions of 
popular religion are important, so, too, is the communal di- 
mension. Whether it's the family, the neighborhood, the 
Church, or the communion of saints, community defines 
us, makes us who we are. We're not just isolated, au- 
tonomous individuals. 

In 1999, Pope John Paul II issued an apostolic exhorta- 
tion entitled Ecclesia in America {Church in America). In it, he 
maintained that Catholics ought to "reflect on America" — 
North America, Central America, and South America — "as 
a single entity." And in fact, when the Vatican issues statis- 
tics on Catholicism worldwide, it combines the Americas 
into one demographic unit. As we work through the chal- 
lenges facing the Church in the United States today, I hope 
that we move toward a more inclusive Church community, 
one that embraces a vital American Catholicism of faith and 

Roberto Goizueta is a professor of theology at Boston College. His 
essay is drawn from a talk delivered on April 14, 2004, in Devlin 
Hall on "The New Faces of Christianity. " The fill event may be 
viewed at 1 /resources/webcast. 

48 SUMMER 2004 


People's choice 

Keith Gallinelli '94, MA '97, MBA '01 

Callinelli hosts his English language talk show in Nanjing. 

The story of Keith Gallinelli's rise to TV stardom has an 
urban myth ring to it, though he swears it's true. After grad- 
uating from BC in 1994, and returning for master's degrees 
in geology and business administration, Gallinelli, a Con- 
necticut native, was teaching business classes in a local pri- 
vate school in Nanjing, China (a job he still holds). He met 
a young Chinese woman in a bar and, on a whim, told her 
he was a famous talk show host named Jerry Springer. He 
soon revealed his true identity, but she turned out to be a 
TV producer, and a week later she called and offered him a 
job. Today Gallinelli is the host of Small Talk, the only 
English language talk show in China's populous eastern 
province of Jiangsu. 

"My first shows were not great," he admits. "When I 
watched them back, I noticed I kept saying 'excellent' over 
and over again. But they are getting better. And I am much 
more confident now." Efforts to land visiting former presi- 
dent Bill Clinton and pop star Mariah Carey as guests fell 
through. But he recently had an exclusive interview with 
the magician David Copperfield, on tour in the People's 
Republic. Other guests have included local celebrities and 
a mix of foreigners and locals with quirky hobbies or out- 

spoken views on fairly tame subjects. In censorship-heavy 
China, Small Talk tends to focus on light social themes: 
keeping a pet, family life, outdoor sports (the host is a bud- 
ding triathlete). Attempts to introduce more controversial 
subjects meet resistance — Gallinelli has recorded shows on 
sex education and tattoos, which never aired. 

Chinese programming today is a bit like 1970s American 
TV — laden with variety shows and melodramas, with an 
added heavy reliance on kung-fu serials. Talk shows have 
made a stir only in the last few years. "I think this has the 
opportunity to keep me going for 10 years," Gallinelli says 
of the show, though the monthly wage — a few thousand 
yuan (several hundred U. S. dollars) — means television work 
is apt to remain a sidelight. 

Still, Gallinelli finds himself propelled into celebrity. 
"You'd think it would be college students and foreigners 
who would recognize me, since the show is in English," he 
says. "But it's usually taxi drivers and fruit stall holders, the 
ordinary people in the street." 

Arthur Jones 

Arthur Jones is a writer based in Shanghai. 




Carolyn Kenney Foley '56 with members of the Class of 2008 at freshman orientation in July. Photograph by Gary Wayne Gilbert 



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